Jonathan Cruickshank

St Peter-in-Thanet

jonathancruickshankI noticed when visiting St Peter’s church a stunning icon depicting Jesus as the Good Shepherd. I see my vocation to be a parish priest as being modelled on Jesus the Good Shepherd, reaching out with tender, loving care to welcome all to the Christian faith and to teach and grow that faith for all ages. If 24/7 discipleship is to mean anything I believe it is to reflect the light and love of our Lord where were are placed. My ministry has always been to “let other people shine” by discerning, developing and deploying the gifts of others in the service of Almighty God.
As for enlivening the parish, possibly my lively sense of humour and smiles might help!

I married Pauline who had been a widow with three grown up children. At the time she was working for the University in Wales at Lampeter in the Department for Theology and Religious Studies. She then went on to work as a PA to the Director of Finance in Winchester Diocese before becoming a relationship counsellor working with Relate and also studying for her MA in relationship therapy. Between us we enjoy walking the dogs, gardening, messing about in boats, steam trains, eating too much and so on

I was an Ordinand in the last year of St Augustine’s College, Canterbury where my training parish was Whitstable, while others came to St Peter’s for their training. In a real sense I am returning home to Kent where I started my ministry! The rest is a Thomas Cook’ s tour of my past – so I hope to say this only once:
I served my curacy in Oxford Diocese at St Andrew’s in a Team Ministry in the new city of Milton Keynes where the concrete cows were in one of the parishes. I moved to another Team in St Peter’s, Burnham adjacent to Slough Trading Estate where some of his congregation worked in Mars. I also became a tertiary Franciscan as a result of the enthusiastic Brother Edward.
I went to sea with the Royal Navy as a Chaplain based mainly in Plymouth and Portland. My next port of call was to be in charge of Holy Trinity Parish and Garrison Church in Windsor as well as being a part time hospital and hospice chaplain. I moved to Winchester Diocese where I was Rector of four village churches in the Itchen Valley and Rural Dean of Alresford, famous for where the Mother’s Union was founded. Returning to Devon to work in Exeter Diocese, I am currently priest in charge serving three diverse coastal parishes in South Devon and a Training Incumbent with a Curate, Anne Legge, a former Ofsted inspector.

Jonathan Cruickshank