Biography of Simon Faulks - An Introduction

Simon Faulks, Rector

Well, where to start?

My name is Simon Faulks and I will be licensed as Rector of Newton Longville & Mursley with Little Horwood, Swanbourne and Drayton Parslow on 29th June 2015.

I consider myself to be a country boy at heart as, although born in Bristol, most of my formative years were spent in the Norfolk village of Mulbarton.

Around the age of 19 I had a real sense that God was calling me to work for Him, although it was another 3 years before that began to come to fruition. Despite having not done particularly well in education it seemed clear I was being led that way and in 1995 I started 4 years of Study at Moorlands college in Dorset (which is also where I met my wife, Gill).

Upon completion of a BA in Applied Theology we moved to Hertfordshire where together we worked for a church as Youth and Children’s Workers for 5 years. After our time there we moved into Oxfordshire, this time I was youth worker (Gill became full-time mum to our then two young boys). During our 5 years there I was half-time youth worker for a church in a small market town, the other half of my time I worked for a charity providing youth work and support to the local villages in this very rural part of Oxfordshire.

In 2009 we moved up to Nottingham (now with a daughter as well!) where I became a student again and trained for Ordination. In 2011 we moved to Warminster in Wiltshire where I have been serving my curacy.

As mentioned above, I consider myself a country boy and I long to see the rural church providing good quality ministry that enables it to grow and engage relevantly with the community around it.

Just to give you a bit more info - I keep chickens, I enjoy photography, I have in the past been a keen cyclist (something I would like to start doing more of again!) I have what was described by the panel at my selection conference for ordination as some ‘slightly more unusual interests’ but I shall keep you in suspense over them for a while (it’s not that difficult to find out!) My dream car is a Land Rover Defender 110. Oh, and I have a somewhat strange fascination with Red Telephone Boxes (along with quite a collection of related items, but not a real one (not yet at least!))

My family and I will be moving into the New Rectory in Mursley at the end of May and then I take up the post on 29th June. We all very much look forward to getting stuck into life in the area and I am especially excited about where God may want to lead us together in these coming years.

I can be contacted through my website www.notashamed.co.uk/about_me you can also follow me on twitter @revsimo.