Rev. Julian Pursehouse
My name is Julian Pursehouse and I am married to Jean and we have two young children, Chloe and Tyler. After studying the arts at University, I wanted to pursue a career in publishing and worked in a university bookshop in Cambridge for two years. However, things took a different turn and I candidated for the Methodist ordained ministry and began my theological training in 1993 at Lincoln Theological College. I trained there for two years alongside ordinands from the Church of England and was grateful for the exposure to another Christian tradition.
I have been in Circuit ministry for the last nineteen years and have served in the following places - Long Eaton, Peterborough and Otley. In 2013 I was encouraged to apply for a senior position of leadership in the Methodist Church and was subsequently nominated to be the next Chair of the East Anglia Methodist District. In this role I am the senior Methodist figure in East Anglia and exercise oversight over fifteen circuits and seventy ordained Methodist presbyters.
Throughout my ministry I have always encouraged the church to be involved in the local community through acts of service and care. In Long Eaton I served as a chaplain to a local hospice and then in Peterborough I served as a school Governor to a local primary school. During my ministry in Otley I regularly celebrated Holy Communion in a local residential home for the elderly and conducted school assemblies.
It is a great privilege to serve the church in such a beautiful part of the country and I am coming back to my roots as my father was born and brought up in the market town of Diss.
In my spare time I like reading, cycling, cooking and spending time with the family.