Parish of Leatherhead - Gail Partridge - Licensed Lay Reader

Gail Partridge

Gail writes:

After a year as an au pair in Paris I trained as a physiotherapist. Roger and I married in 1962, when we were both 22, and subsequently had three sons. Tragically we lost our middle son to a Sail Board accident shortly before his 18th birthday.

Although being a life long Christian and very involved in our local church in Little Bookham, I began to feel the ‘call’ to ministry and with enormous support from the PCCs of Effingham with Little Bookham went forward to train for the office of Reader. I was licensed in October 1993.

As well my parish based ministry I became Lay Chaplain at Princess Alice Hospice for 9 years. Being invited to take many services for the United Reformed Church I sought official recognition as a Lay Preacher in the URC and I currently hold accreditation in their Wimbledon and Guildford Circuits.

In 2006 the Diocesan Readers’ board informed me that David Eaton was interested in me joining the ministry team at Leatherhead. It has felt a little like a ‘home coming’ as I served my parish placement in Leatherhead during my Reader training. I feel greatly humbled by the warm welcome I have received.

I feel passionately about social issues being a long time volunteer with Save the Children, a member of the Guildford Refugee Action Group and support aid agencies in Afghanistan and Yemen. I espouse a central churchmanship and a liberal theology. I am a member of the Modern Churchpeoples Union.

Gail's membership of the team ended in 2018. She will be missed by many.

last updated Nov 2018