Welcome Revd. Gareth Lane
On January 21st we held a commissioning service (that included tree planting) for Revd Gareth Lane who has come to be the new community vicar for Berryfields
On January 21st we held a commissioning service (that included tree planting) for Revd Gareth Lane who has come to be the new community vicar for Berryfields. The other half of his role is also to join the Academy and Berryfields school as our new chaplain. Hopefully you will see him taking assemblies and walking around the school so do go up and introduce yourselves.
Gareth grew up in Kent where he attended a CofE secondary school, after school he came to High Wycombe where he did a BTEC HND in Business Studies and IT. He says that “I was always interested in ITC and it was probably the only thing I did well in when I was at school, my BTEC enabled me to start on the first step of IT career ladder working on a helpdesk and then later becoming a networking engineer. I progressed and managed to join a small IT consultancy firm which saw me working with some large company names helping them think through their IT networking.” Obviously all this is vastly different from the career path of his current occupation.
While at college, he became a Christian and, although he did not know it at the time, this was the start of his journey to where he is now. Revd Lane said: “I met my wife (Jenny) shortly after college and we got more and more stuck into the church we attended in High Wycombe. Over the thirteen years we were there I found myself leading church services and preaching – to a point where I helped setup and lead a church service for people in their 20’s and 30’. It begun to dawn on me that this was giving me more of a buzz than designing company’s computer networks and I started to consider and pray about becoming a full-time church leader - it felt like God was saying ‘come on, this is what I have planned for you’. So I decided to apply to become a vicar and the Church said yes”.
To become a vicar in the Church of England you have to undertake two years of theological training until you qualify as a priest. After this you move and work as an apprentice in a church for three years, he did this at Church of the Holy Spirit, Bedgrove which is how he comes to now be in Aylesbury. “Aylesbury has really grown on me to an extent I now call this town home, and it’s been exciting working here at the Academy everyone seems very friendly – I’m here to offer pastoral care for staff and students and will be helping us consider the faith aspects of the school. I will be out and about, so do come and say hello” he added. “I want to make myself available to people.”
We’re delighted to welcome Revd Gareth Lane as part of our team.