Billericay & Little Burstead Team Ministry
Meet The Clergy
Rev. Paul A Carr
Rest Day Friday
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!
Visit my personal website for random thoughts on Faith, Music and Sport.
Rev. Margaret Fowler
Rest Days - Tues & Fri
Margaret Fowler's Bio
Margaret was born in Germany where her father was in the British Army. After a number of moves the family settled in Romford and she grew up there. Soon after her marriage she moved to Billericay where she has lived since 1970. Margaret is married to Malcolm and they have four adult children.
After the birth of her twin girls Margaret set up the Billericay Twins Club in 1977 to support parents of twins and multiple births. The Twins Club Nursery Group meets in the Christ Church halls on a Monday morning where Margaret helps out when she can. She retired in April this year after 14 yrs with a City Law firm where she was a Team Co-ordinator and Secretary.
Margaret has been involved with Christ Church, Billericay for almost 40 years and was licensed as a Reader in 2008. She has visited Kenya a number of times as the Christ Church representative in the Diocesan schools link programme.
She has co-led a “Lost for Words” course, led a Lent course on workplace ministry, and been a Home Group leader since 1989. She will serve as Assistant Curate at Christ Church Billericay.