Background from Emma
I grew up in Didcot, Oxfordshire and I moved to Wales in 1999 to study Mathematics at Aberystwyth University. Some friends from my course persuaded me to come along to a Christian Union meeting and it was from here on that I started attending church regularly.
I taught Mathematics for a while in Hertfordshire before returning to Aberystwyth to study for a further degree and then I spent some time working as a statistician in an ecology company. Alongside all of this I’d been very active in my local church so when the opportunity came to work full-time for the deanery of Llanbadarn Fawr I jumped at the chance. My job involved helping the 25 churches in the Aberystywth area connect with people in the local community who don’t go to church. Some of the projects I helped set up included things like toddler groups and family-friendly events as well pastoral work such as visiting people in their homes who are unable to attend church. This job made me seriously think about ordained ministry so I completed my training in St Michael’s College, Cardiff. College has been both enjoyable and challenging: I am keen to work on my Welsh so this year my main placement has been in a Welsh-medium church which I found stretching but really good for my language skills!
When I’m not doing college work I enjoy running and hill-walking . I’m also an avid reader, I play the viola and I crochet.
I’m very much looking forward to the next stage of my life in Dafen and Felinfoel, especially getting to know people in the churches and in the community.