Here our Associate Vicar, Jenny Driver, introduces herself in an extract taken from our parish magazine. Jenny joined All Saints’ in December 2013.
“My roots? I was born in Bromley in 1963 and moved to Orpington in 1969 with my mum and older brother after my dad died. I went to Tubbenden Primary school and then Newstead Wood School for Girls; from there I went to Christ Church College Canterbury.
“My Soul Mate? Paul and I were classmates at Tubbenden School and a chance meeting in our early twenties led to us being married at St Giles. We discovered later we had both been born in the same maternity hospital in the same week so had very probably been in neighbouring cots!
“My Family? Paul and I have been married for 28 years and have 2 children, Katie 26 and Matthew 22. Paul is a Lloyd’s underwriter, Katie a regional trainer and Matt is at Lympstone doing Royal Marine Commando training. We also have Barney the dog, Kipper the cat, Boris the Bunny and rather a lot of fish both tropical and cold-water!
Church life? We have been involved in the life and worship in the parish of Farnborough for over 30 years. Paul and I have both run youth clubs and youth discussion groups, Sunday schools, holiday clubs, and annual fetes as well as being church wardens, PCC members and active on the Social committee.
“Ministry training? I completed both the Faith and Ministry course and Developing Ministry programme; then trained as a Pastoral Assistant, licenced in 2000. I was encouraged to explore ministerial training and following selection began at the South East Institute of Theological Training in September 2005.
“My Priestly Ministry? Unfortunately in 2007 during my final year at theological college I had an accident which left me with a broken spine and after several operations I really am the ‘bionic woman’! I was ordained as deacon in December 2008 at St Giles and, having caught up academically with my colleagues, was ordained to the priesthood with them in June 2009. I served my curacy in Farnborough Parish, then becoming Assistant Priest (self-supporting minister).
“Hobbies? I love doing crosswords, logic puzzles and suduko, reading, pottering around my garden, knitting and crafts (which is how I ended up making my daughter’s wedding invites, table plans, etc!) and my animals.
“Well that’s all I can think of to say – except that I am really looking forward to my licencing to All Saint’s on Advent Sunday. Both Paul and I are excited about joining a new family in a new home and both working and worshipping alongside you all as well as looking forward to all the new challenges and excitements that lay ahead.”