Holy Listening 2019 – 2021: Staff Team
The course will be led by Sr Rachel Overton, the Rev Canon Helen Newman and the Ven. David Newman. The team will be completed by Rev Nick Swanson.
After qualifying in medicine, Sr Rachel was a member of a religious community for 23 years before being called to live as a solitary religious. As well as her medical background, she also holds qualifications in advanced therapeutic counselling. She has been actively involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat leading since 1989. She now lives in the centre of Peterborough, working within the areas of spirituality and spiritual direction. Since October 2012 has been the Bishop’s adviser in spirituality for the diocese of Peterborough and has led the two previous Holy Listening courses. She is a musician and plays the harp and piano.
Rev Canon Helen Newman
Helen was ordained 16 years ago and has many years’ experience of pastoral counselling, spiritual direction and supervision. Prior to coming as Chaplain to Launde Abbey in 2017 she was the lead Chaplain at LOROS, the hospice for Leicestershire and Rutland and is very committed to helping people find God in times of darkness and struggle. Since moving to Launde Abbey she has been Diocesan Director of Ordinands for a year and continues as part of the vocations team. She runs a supervision group for spiritual directors and this will be her second time as a tutor on Holy Listening. Helen has 3 grown up married children and 4 grandchildren and loves being a granny.
Ven. David Newman
David has been the warden of Launde Abbey for two years and enjoys the opportunity to support people in their spiritual growth and development through leading retreats, Quiet Days, and spiritual direction. He has a long experience of pastoral ministry in the church through incumbencies in Derby and Loughborough and most recently as archdeacon of Loughborough. While he was in Derby Diocese he trained as a spiritual director as well as led the St John’s College Nottingham extension course on counselling skills for pastoral care. He has always been committed to helping people find a real, theologically grounded and experiential faith. His first book “Growing up into the Children of God” is due to be published next year.
Rev. Nick Swanson
Nick has been a Baptist Minister for over 24 years, overseeing and delivering spiritual care in a wide-range of contexts. Nick holds a Bachelor of Divinity and a Diploma in Pastoral Studies. He trained with the Diocese of Derby in Spiritual Accompaniment, has served as a tutor with Acorn Christian Listening and as a Bridge-Builders’ mediator. Nick qualified in Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice at the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham and is a member of the Association of Pastoral Supervision and Education. Nick is married to Sue, with two grown-up children and a granddaughter. He likes walking in the Peak District, playing chess, swimming and supporting Nottingham Forest.
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