I was born in Nottingham and grew up in the village of Ruddington, south of Nottingham. I first came to Cheshire when I was 18 to study at what was thenChester College. After three years in Chester studying English, Religious Studies and Church History, I returned to Nottingham and trained as a Personal Assistant. My first job was in Nottingham, working as an administrator for the Christian publishing company, IVP. Late in 1990 I moved back to Cheshire, this time to become a church administrator at All Saints’ Church, Hoole, in Chester. It was during my time in this post that I began to explore the possibility of ordination. I left Hoole in 1998 to train for the ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge.
My call to ministry was specifically to village and rural ministry. With this in mind, I was attached to a village church outside Cambridge during my training. I also did my long placement in five parishes in rural north Devon. Following my ordination as Deacon in 2000, I served my curacy in the villages of Hollingworth and Tintwistle; the eastern most parishes in the Chester Diocese.
In 2005 I moved to the parishes of Haslington and Crewe Green. In addition to being Vicar of these two parishes, since February 2012 I have also been Chaplain to the Cheshire Agricultural Society (a role which includes organising the Church at the Cheshire Show and the Services which take place during the Show). I am also a member of the Diocesan Rural Steering Group.
I am very excited to be moving to the parishes of Acton, Church Minshull, Wettenhall and Worleston and look forward to getting to know you all in due course.
Rev Anne Lawson April 2014