Sarah Sharland - Curate

 

 

 

I'm the curate at St. Pancras and I've known God for twelve years now; life has never been the same for me since.  Two years after the mind-blowing revelation for me that God is real and consequently coming to have first-hand experience that Jesus saves and restores people’s lives, I realised that God wanted me to follow him through church ministry. I studied at Trinity Theology College in Bristol before moving to Plymouth. I am delighted to be serving Jesus alongside the St. Pancras church family and hope to share fun and laughter and continue to explore God’s love and compassion for his people with many in the parish and beyond.

Prior to following God’s call to ordained ministry, I served in the Royal Navy, in the education branch. I have two grown up daughters who delight me. 

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Capt. Phil Baul (retired) Pioneer Minister to Chaucer Way

 

 

So when did the Lord finally grab my attention? My wife Chris and three lady friends had been praying for their husbands for several years. It was in May 1988 that a group of churches in High Wycombe were running a mission in the town. Derek Prince was the speaker and I was invited by Colin, one of the four husbands, to join him at the evening event. Derek Prince said nothing I had not heard before but somehow this time it all made sense and as he invited people, who had done Christian things all their lives but not committed their lives to Jesus to stand, I stood. Had I realised then what God had in mind for me you probably would not have seen me for dust, but our God knows how to handle people so they reach their full potential. From that moment of commitment I got more involved with our sending church, St. Birinus in High Wycombe (now Christ the Servant King). I put myself forward to become a lay reader and was licensed in 1998.  From there Chris and I felt God encouraging us to look at full time ministry and, after two vocational weekends, we believed God was pushing us towards Church Army, for which we were selected. We started at Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield in 2001, which involved selling our family home and moving north. We completed the very challenging and exciting training in 2004 and were released onto the unsuspecting world that July, heading down south and joining the Benefice of Chenies near Amersham in Bucks. After four years, with our contract coming to an end, we started looking for another position and were selected for a post in Plymouth working across part of the Plymouth Deanery and a local estate, Chaucer Way.  Although now “retired” we are still working on that estate using a blue bus to create a hub for people to gather.  We are also involved with local schools in giving presentations at various clubs. It has been a very interesting ride with God for which we are very grateful.  He did not tell us what He had in mind for our lives, because we might have missed out on the adventure we are having!

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Peter Dyson - Church Treasurer

 

 

I am the Church Treasurer which means that I witness first-hand how faithful God is in his provision, often through the generous giving of his people, and without which we would be unable to pay our bills. I also host a Home Group in which about 10 of us meet together to support each other in our walk with God through the ups and downs of life.  I have been a Christian from an early age, though I look on my time at Nottingham University as decisive in terms of my commitment. My wife and I are Yorkshire bred, but have lived in Plymouth for over 30 years and love it here. Prior to retiring I was a mechanical engineer and developed a particular interest in naval architecture which I taught, firstly in the Royal Navy and then at Plymouth University. We have two adult sons and two grandchildren. My particular interests are walking, running, sailing and touring with our caravan.

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Paul Lumb - Reader

 

 
 
I am a "Reader" (or Licensed Lay Minister) at St Pancras. That means I am authorised to preach, lead worship and perform other tasks to support the ongoing life of the church. As someone who has a "normal" job during the week I am keen to encourage people in their Monday to Saturday Christian life. I play the organ and piano and like to lead music in services. I am married with two grown up children and enjoy outdoor activities and being creative.

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Lawrence Braschi - Vicar

 

 

 

I’m the vicar at St Pancras which means keeping the love of God central to who we are and what we do.

I grew up overseas – my parents were Christian missionaries in Indonesia. When we came back to live in the UK, I remember feeling rather lost among the stacked supermarket shelves and sheep-fields of England. I studied philosophy, politics and sociology at university, then took up Chinese and spent several years travelling back and forward to work with Chinese Christians and witnessing some of the amazing work of God in that country. For five years I directed the work of the China Desk at Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

I am married to Jessica, who is a medical doctor, and we have three school-aged children. Together we enjoy the sea, beaches and moors around Plymouth, eating fish and chips, and playing board games.

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