Revd John-Daniel Laurence
I grew up in an independent Baptist church in England, and when I went to University I started worshipping at an Anglican church; it was during these student years I discerned God calling me to full time ministry of some kind. However, after a gap year working for a church, I instead pursued a career in finance in the City. After a while I realized I needed to respond to God by exploring my vocation so eventually, to the bemusement of my colleagues, I resigned from my secular career to move my wife and small children to Bristol where I trained to be a vicar at Trinity College.
I was released from my sending diocese and the adventure continued as we moved the family to Wales where we have lived ever since. Having been a curate and then a team vicar in Aberystwyth, I continue to be rooted in St Davids Diocese as St Padarn’s Tutor. My wife Kellie is American, and we have five children and a dog, all of whom are bilingual to varying extents! In my free time I enjoy playing music and kicking a football about with the children or with friends.
My research interests
I am interested in missional ecclesiology, in particular exploring new ways of doing church in today’s culture, also in preaching and homiletics, charismatic theology, and the interface between science and theology.