Bisley’s new associate priest, Mike Clark, loves making films and the story of his life reads like the script for a screenplay.
The Revd Mike Clark will be starting as Associate Priest in a group of parishes around Bisley on Tuesday 15 September. Mike will be working alongside the vicar, Rosie Woodall and another associate priest, Stephen Jarvis. But for him, as well as being a new start, it will be a homecoming.
He said: “I carry vivid memories of the day when I was 18, soldiering up the hill from Slad towards Bisley, making what I thought was my farewell to the hills where I grew up – Randwick, Frocester, Cherington, Tetbury, Stinchcombe. Like Laurie Lee I was stepping out into the world with a violin strapped to my back (actually it was a guitar).
“Since then I found Christ, married a beautiful American girl, got ordained, raised four children, lived 12 years in South America and had many experiences. I was Commissary to Angola for five years.
“Now it’s time for the local boy to come back home.”
Mike and Lois are looking forward to being part of the local community and hope for a slightly slower pace of life that they have been used to in their previous north London patch.
Mike enjoys making films and homemade wine, enjoys white-water kayaking and discussing third-world politics. His wife Lois makes ice candles and cultivates amazing orchids. She loves teaching English and working with youngsters.
Mike will be licensed at a special service on Tuesday 15 September at 7.30pm in St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Bussage.