Father Stephen Dunton - Vicar of Timperley Parish...
I was born in Derbyshire but moved to the new town of Redditch in Worcestershire when I was five. I do have Cheshire roots from my mother who came from Middlewich.
I came to faith as a teenager at school, became a server at church and eventually in my late teens a candidate for ordination, following a deep sense of calling.
Following a selection conference, I was told I was too young, which was probably right. I went into teaching and taught RE for 25 years in several Midlands Schools, a role I thoroughly enjoyed. I became a Head of department and latterly involved in pastoral care and chaplaincy.
I was ordained as a deacon in another denomination, acting for several years as a non stipendiary minister. I was gradually drawn back to the church of my youth. My call to the priesthood that I felt as a youth had never gone away. In 2018, I was selected for ordination to the priesthood. We moved as a family to Cuddesdon Theological College before the joyful day in 2019, when I was ordained to the priesthood.
I served my title at Pershore Abbey, with more than a thousand years of history. I had a varied curacy there and across three rural parishes. I'm not sure I'll have to navigate getting through sheep in order to get to a wedding in Timperley!
God is good and faithful and that has been my experience. Faith is a journey but Jesus never lets you down. His grace is beyond measure.
We are delighted to be here in Timperley and look forward to getting to know you, as we take the next steps in the life of our parish together.
I'm married to Hannah and we have 2 children, William and James who live at home. William would like it to be known that he is on the autistic spectrum. I have 3 older children and two grandchildren. Two of my older children are serving police officers.
We enjoy visiting National Trust properties and looking forward to making new memories. We enjoy watching dramas and British comedy. Hannah is working towards a teaching and performance diploma in piano. I like a good curry or Chinese meal and enjoy trying real ales.