We offer a welcome to everyone
We are delighted to introduce our minister, Rev. David Morgan.
David joined St. Mark’s in February 2017 from Radipole United Reformed Church (URC) and Hope Church, in Weymouth, where he had served since 2011. He had previously been the minister at Trinity Bromley URC, where he was also town centre chaplain on behalf of Churches Together.
A welcoming service was held that month with members from David’s previous churches worshipping alongside folks from St. Mark’s and Southern Synod representatives. It marked a wonderful beginning to our ministry together.
David was ordained in 2005 after studying at Mansfield College, Oxford. Prior to entering theological college, he studied Mathematics then trained as an accountant, eventually specializing in corporate and international taxation, working for major firms in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Talking about his call to ministry, David recalls: “Around 1996, I began to become restless from a spiritual perspective. We essentially had it all, but I was looking for or being called towards something more.
The call grew and it was only a matter of time before he would begin his theological studies. “My work involved travel all over the world and in September 1999, it was, as I was on a flight from Amsterdam to London City for a day of meetings in London, that God, un-sought for, spoke to me".
“His presence was a sense of awe and majesty and power and great size surrounding me… From then on, my life was focused toward God in a way it hadn’t been previously,” David emphasised.
With more than 50 years of experience in church life as a lay person then ordained minister, David enjoys engaging with all sorts of people in the church, on the periphery of the church and outside the church.
“I was brought up in a Christian family and my faith has developed, grown and been challenged by my experience of life and reality,” he says.
A Londoner with a global perspective, David is used to interacting with people from all over the world, which makes him a good fit for St. Mark’s, which includes members and adherents from many different places.
David’s priorities in ministry include recognising the presence and will of God; responding in worship and loving service; showing the love and forgiveness of Christ and developing the fruits of the Spirit; and supporting people through both the joys and sorrows of their lives.
He has a flexible and relevant worship style that draws on whatever resources are available to help worshippers encounter God, through God’s Word, preaching and hymns. He explained: “It’s all about Jesus Christ!
“We are followers of Jesus Christ. We are servants and friends of Jesus Christ and amazingly we have a part in his ministry. Our role in the world is to be little Christs - people with the Spirit of Christ,” David added.
David is married to Gill, a retired teacher who is involved in a number of aspects of congregational life at St. Mark’s, and they have one adult daughter, Josie, an accountant who lives and works near Gatwick. To get in touch with David, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or just say Hi! when you see him around on the premises or in town.