Simon’s Profile

SimonHi, I’m Simon Faulks and I am Rector of the 5 Parishes of Newton Longville, Mursley, Little Horwood, Swanbourne and Drayton Parslow. I was installed to this post at the end of June 2015.

I consider myself a country boy at heart as, although born in Bristol, most of my formative years were spent in the Norfolk village of Mulbarton.

Around the age of 19 I had a real sense that God was calling me to work for Him, although it was another 3 years before that began to come to fruition.  Despite having not done particularly well in education, it seemed clear I was being led that way and in 1995 I started 4 years of study at Moorlands College in Dorset (which is also where I met my wife, Gill).

Upon completion of a BA in Applied Theology, we moved to Hertfordshire where together we worked for a church as Youth and Children’s Workers for 5 years.  After our time there we moved to Oxfordshire, this time I was Youth Worker (Gill became full-time mum to our two young boys).  During our 5 years there I was half-time Youth Worker for a church in a small market town, the other half of my time I worked for a charity providing youth work and support to the local villages in this very rural part of Oxfordshire.

In 2009 we moved up to Nottingham (now with a daughter as well!) where I became a student again and trained for Ordination at St John’s.  In 2011 we moved to Warminster in Wiltshire where I served my curacy.

Having grown up in Norfolk I have a passion for the rural church.  Often in smaller communities it is hard to compete with the resources available to larger churches.  However there is still a need to provide good quality ministry that enables the church to grow and engage relevantly with the community around it.

To give you a bit more info – I keep chickens, I enjoy photography, I have in the past been a keen cyclist, I have what was described by the panel at my selection conference for ordination as some ‘slightly more unusual interests’ in the form of circus skills and illusion (more information about how I use these can be found here).  Oh, and I have a somewhat strange fascination with Red Telephone Boxes (along with quite a collection of related items, but not a real one (not yet at least!))

My family and I live in the Rectory in Mursley – I am currently on Sabbatical/study leave from 01.11.2021 – 31.01.2022.  For any queries please contact the Benefice Administrator.

God bless