Revd Jo Mulliner is our Team Vicar for Mission and her role will be split in two:
- Half her time she will work in the five churches of our Benefice doing traditional parish work like taking Sunday services and baptisms, weddings and funerals.
- The other half is the development of a more pioneering sort of ministry in the Deanery – some of this is likely to be within the geographical area of our Benefice too, but also elsewhere in the Deanery.
Jo introduces herself
I was born in Norfolk, but my family moved to Scotland when I was a small child. My childhood memories are therefore very much the snows, bright summers, barley fields, beef cattle and burns of Highland Perthshire and the Cairngorm. As well as swimming in the frankly freezing waters of the north sea on ‘summer’ trips to St. Andrews.
Immediately after University I started working my way through the career ladder at Marks & Spencer, before heading off to teach in a variety of schools. As my teaching career progressed, I also took on a series of examining and moderating roles in English for the exam board AQA. I finished my teaching career in Beaulieu Convent School in Jersey, teaching English and History.
I had felt a call to ordination in my early twenties, but the time was not right and when God ‘asked’ again, I wasn’t really too sure! However, he was rather persistent, so I decided to explore. That was how I found myself in Ridley Hall, Cambridge and studying for a rather challenging Cambridge University degree. Whilst in Cambridge I explored and enjoyed a plethora of experiences and it is probably only in looking back on a whirlwind of a wonderful two years that I realize how much I learnt and how tremendously privileged I am.
I am just completing my curacy at St. Thomas’ Church, Lymington in the New Forest. Here I have been involved in all things ‘church’ and community; including RAF Cadets, the infant school, dementia care and the Chamber of Commerce.
I love sea swimming, body boarding, writing, reading and coffee with friends.
I am very much looking forward to getting to know the people of Redruth and beyond. I’ve already discovered a couple of good coffee shops and The Atlantic Café Bar at Portreath!