Paul Carr’s Bio

Few Personal Details: I'm  originally from Sunderland and still support the only team that matters  in the North East - I’m disappointed that we didn't manage to avoid succesive relegations  but I’m feeling optimistic under a new manager! I've been married to  Paula, who is a specialist health visitor, for 32 years, and have two  children, Benjamin  and Annabel.

Prior to ordination, I worked for ten years in sales and management in the Timber and Building  Trade followed by several years in the Prison Service (Wormwood Scrubs and Liverpool). My spiritual  roots are in the Independent Methodist Church. I then joined a House Church, became involved in planting a church; and then (as I  moved around the country, from Sunderland to West London and then the Wirral) found myself worshipping in a number of Evangelical Churches  before responding to a ‘call’ to ministry in the Church of England in the early 1990’s. My ‘sending’ church was Saint Mary’s in Upton, Wirral.

After training for ordination at Oak Hill Theological College, North London (and playing for the Saracens Rugby Club whilst I was there - for the veterans, I hasten to add!) I was  ordained in 1997 and served my curacy at Saint Chad's in Handforth. I moved to the Chelmsford Diocese  in April 2001 to become Vicar in Chadwell Heath. I arrived in Billericay as Team Rector in June 2008. I serve as a Trustee for a number of Christian charities (including Schools Ministry Billericay and I founded Billericay Street Pastors). I try to be a 'lifelong learner' and graduated with an MA in Missional Leadership in July 2013.

I relax through listening to music (I appreciate many genres, though I have a soft spot for rock and blues) and particularly enjoy live music and organise regular local gigs in my garden, house and church. I enjoy watching most sports (even attending Super Bowl XLIX - it's a long story) and find a spot of gardening extremely therapeutic. I love to spend time on holiday with my family -  somewhere nice and warm and sunny! 

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