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JULES I’ve been asked to write a few words to introduce myself and my family as we prepare to leave the UK and
head out to you.
My name is Julian Wilson – but people usually call me Jules. I’m married to Trish and we have five
children – Emily (26), Amy-Rose (24), Katie-Ann (22), Lily (17) and Josh (15). We are a very close family
although geographically we are quite dispersed at times with Emily and her husband, Calum, developing a
charity they founded in Uganda and Amy-Rose teaching in Lavadia, Greece and Katie-Ann completing her
International Relations degree at Leeds.
I was born and raised with my sister, Gay, in the Midlands and completed my first degree at Durham in
Natural Sciences. After travelling with Trish in our early twenties, I worked in the public and private sectors
specialising in strategic and change management.
I received the call to ordination somewhat out of the blue in my early thirties and after training while still
working and completing my second degree in Theology, I became a full time Curate in Uttoxeter – a group of
10 churches. Upon completion of my curacy I was approached to become the Chaplain at Denstone College,
a Woodard school which was a gift to my family and me at the time. After three years fantastic experience,
the call to parish church life was too strong to resist and we moved to Baschurch in Shropshire where I have
been the Rector of three churches for the last six years and Rural Dean for Ellesmere for the last three. It
has been a privilege to see the three churches here grow and the hardest thing about this move is leaving
behind those who have been so supportive and generous here. So why move at all?
Trish and I have been thinking and praying for some time about where we might be called to next. We both
felt that working in a different culture was important and particularly felt a sense of calling to Western
Greece. We imagined that this may be a few years away but we happened upon the advert for Holy Trinity
last year (when checking on an advert placed for the next door parishes) and we knew it was right. The rest,
as they say, is history. In fact quite a lot of history as it is over a year since the interview process. So why
has it taken so long?
I had commitments here, as Rural Dean and as a training incumbent for our Curate, which meant
that I wouldn’t have been able to leave until Easter this year at the earliest. As well as this, and in
parallel, Malcolm, the Chaplain in Athens, along with Patrick and +Robert have been working very hard with
Pauline, Chris and Rhona to finalise the recognition of the Church of England in Greece and this created a
few further delays as the final details were worked through for Holy Trinity. And finally and sadly, my father
passed away a week or so ago which resulted in a few more weeks needed here to honour him and settle his
But... the time draws very close. Ferries are booked. Bags are packed. It won’t be long before we are able to
settle and get fully involved with you all there.
It does feel that there is a new phase of the life of the church beginning. I am convinced that God has plans
to bless and prosper the church and I am very excited at the prospect of being a part of that. We have a
wonderful Lord whom we can trust completely to lead us into His future for us together.
For Trish and I, this is a step into a new phase of life, too. Working and serving God’s Kingdom in this part
of the world is something we are committed to. Although I am looking forward to getting to know everyone, I
am looking forward more to that time when we know each other well, when we have discerned together
where God is leading us and we are comfortably and peacefully engaged in his work – enjoying being his
people together and seeing Him at work among us.
So, I look forward to meeting you all soon and I would like to say thank you for all the prayers and support
we have received so far. They make all the difference in the world!
With every blessings in Christ,
PS. I have asked Pauline and Chris to put a schedule of dates at the back of Church so that, if you
would like, I can come and meet you individually and have a good talk.
Jules and his family will be arriving on Wednesday, 29th July and his first service will be
2nd August - let’s make sure we give them one of our warmest HTC welcomes.ographically we are quite dispersed at times with Emily and her husband, Calum, developing a
With every blessings in Christ,