Reverend Phil Hoar

Since I arrived in this area, in 2014, I have been getting to know the four churches and communities, and the wider life of the churches.

It has been my good fortune to have had a very varied ministry over the years – from rural areas to city centres – in very different parts of the country.

My work has included working with homeless people, university chaplaincy, prison ministry, supporting the staff of the world church offices, hospital work, youth musicals, schools links, leading retreats and workshops on spirituality, advocacy for people with learning difficulties, Christian Aid campaigning.

I have also been privileged to travel quite extensively on work related trips – accompanying British Indian Christians on a journey home to the Punjab, teaching and fostering links with Rwanda, visits to Brazil, Ghana and South Africa in the year that Mandela was released.  I also served on the Methodist Church Commission on Human Sexuality.

When I am not working, meeting with friends is very important to me.  I like the theatre, the countryside, National Trust, art galleries and exhibitions. I enjoy listening to music, going swimming and (especially!) Reading.

I look forward to meeting you.