Our vicar Ray Gaston has been ordained since 1996 and has served in churches in Leeds and Birmingham and worked at Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education before coming to Wolverhampton in September 2015.
Ray was a curate at The Church of the Epiphany Gipton Leeds 1996 – 1999 and then Vicar of St Margaret and All Hallows in Leeds for 8 years before teaching at Queen’s from 2008. He has written books and articles on Christian discipleship in a multi faith world and on Christianity and Political Protest. Archbishop Desmund Tutu’s words are central to his understanding of a Christian vocation to involvement in the political struggles of our world ‘ “When people say that the Bible and politics don’t mix, I ask them which Bible they are reading”. Ray says “The church has a prophetic vocation to speak out against injustice but to do so through a deep relationship with God. 21st century Christianity needs to be both prophetic and mystical and Christian discipleship formed by an engagement in action for change that is rooted in prayer and worship.”