Welcome to our new Curate Lydia

Born and raised in Aylesbury, Lydia was back in her hometown, serving as an ordinand at St Peter’s Church while undertaking a two-year training pathway at St Mellitus College, London before joining St. Andrew’s in July 2024. Lydia originally trained as a teacher and was working in a primary school when she felt God calling her to explore a teaching vocation outside of the church. Fast forward 6 years, and, after a stint working for her church, and a degree in Theology, Lydia worked as a Children and Families’ Minister while she considered her call to ordained ministry.

Lydia has been a Christian from a young age – in fact, she cannot remember not being one. Raised in a Christian family, with heavy church involvement, and attending New Wine from the age of 7, all had a big influence on her faith as she grew up. Lydia is passionate about preaching and teaching, especially in intergenerational contexts, and loves seeing both children and adults grow deeper in their relationships with God, and others, and exploring their spiritual giftings.

While being an ordinand hasn’t exactly lent itself to much spare time, when she can, Lydia enjoys baking, crafting, ballet (both dancing and watching), and walking – especially when there is a good café at the end of the walk! She also has a particular fondness for all things Shaun the Sheep, and ensures that all her nieces, nephews and godchildren are well educated in his sheepish antics.