A call to ministry


undefinedFive years ago Ailsa Whorton thought she knew what the future held she had a high flying career working as a manager in a bank, and was a member of her local church. Then, with her incumbent's support, she started the Foundations for Ministry course. She not only gained an appetite for learning, but also felt a call to ministry.

With encouragement from her tutors and the support of her ministry team, she started Reader training a year later. The training was challenging but very worthwhile, she says.  Life changing! She was licensed in 2014 by Bishop Peter. Ailsa continued her post-licensing studies, and on 4th November, again at Chester Cathedral, she graduated with a Foundation degree in Mission and Ministry.

“Working full time, as well as bringing up my two boys and studying, has not been without its challenges! But I have been encouraged at every step both by my Director of Studies and Warden of Readers.  My incumbent has also supported me and I am lucky to have a great Spiritual Director.  I have enjoyed, very much, the academic side of my study, something inaccessible to me during my schooling.  I would encourage anyone, of any age or social background, to start or continue with further education.  You can't beat that feeling of walking on stage and grabbing your degree!