Army Chaplains' Blog

About

 

The Reverend Mike Parker

Born in Cornwall and educated in the South West, I initially trained as an electrical engineer specialising in weapons, weapons control and telecommunication systems for the Ministry of Defence. I read Theology at the University of Birmingham and trained for ministry in the Methodist Church at The Queen’s College.

Four years in the Colchester Circuit with pastoral responsibility for five churches was followed by a commission into the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department in 2000. During my time in the Department I have served at regimental duty with 4 Regt RA, 2 PWRR, 1 RWF, 1 RRF and 1 PARA. Operational service has taken me to Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Office based jobs have included Senior Chaplain 160 (Wales) Bde, the Staff Chaplain at MOD Chaplains (Army), Senior Chaplain 1st Mechanised Brigade and Senior Chaplain 16 Air Assault Brigade. In 2007 I attended the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) and in 2013 the Advanced Command and Staff Course. More recently I have been the Academy Chaplain at Sandhurst and am now the Assistant Chaplain General of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division.

I am married to Karen and we have two children. In my spare time I enjoy distance running, music and watching Wales beat England at rugby.

 

 

 

 

14 Responses to "About"

I found your site by ‘accident’ and took a look. I’ve been a Christian for almost 42 years, accepting the Lord as a little girl. Through the years I’ve had some contact with SASRA, being sponsored by the father of one SASRA reader during my time at bibe college in Birmingham in the late ’80’s.

In my church we have monthly family prayer nights where we encourage our children to join in with us in guided praying. I last led one on rememberance Sunday so we prayed for the ‘armed forces’, especially the families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq from Cumbria where we live.

Please add me to your e-mail list and send prayer requests so I can pray for you and those you serve.

Thank you Julie for all you are doing in praying for our families. It makes a world of difference for us when we are serving on operations to know that people are praying. My Brigade is preparing to go back to Afghanistan later this year and I know that as we get nearer to going there will be lots of prayer requests. I will certainly add you to the list of recipients. Thank you and bless you. Antony FW

I’d like to be a follower of the blog

Thank you – please do keep following. Revd TB

I have a question …i have a group of kids 20 to be exact! that would like to write to soldiers…my son is military and he is going to afghanistan in Nov. i have 14 granchildren that would like to support our troops also as i know the impotance of a letter to them so far from home….hope this is the right way to try and start this wasnt sure where to start but any info will be greatly appreciated…God Bless

What a great idea…Perhaps a route would be to contact MOD Chaplains (Address on their website) who would be able to send on mail to Padre currently deployed who in turn could distribute your letters.

How do I find out more about applying for a post

Please do go to our website http://www.army.mod.uk/chaplains/chaplains or email your interest LF-CHAPLAINS-GROUP@mod.uk
It will be great to pray for you and discern with you God’s call for you. Tracey

Good blog with some fascinating information. I will be back.

Hey,
i read your passage and its sounds amazing! I have been looking to join the army every since i joined cadets and was not sure how i could use my skills and faith to support and guide people! This sounds like an amazing thing, i tried the websites above but couldnt get to the information.

Great to hear of your interest…if God is calling you, I hope and pray He gives you all that may be required. To be a Padre you do have to be ordained which takes a few years training and then some parish experience so it can be a long old haul, but you can still stay with the cadets or even the territorials during this time. As hopefully this blog testifies, I do think it’s an amazing privilege to serve in this way.

I too have experienced difficulties with the websites mentioned so I will get on to our whizz kids, meanwhile I have forwarded your interest to our dept. Every Blessing
always Tracey

Tracey,

Thank you for your fantastic blog; I’ve been reading for a while. Do you find many of the High Church or Anglo-Catholic wing of the church in the army? Could you ask one to do a reflection for the blog?

Dear Stephen

Many Padres are from the High Church and Anglo Catholic Tradition, infact I would say over half of the Anglicans are. After Easter we are hoping for a few more Padres to contribute to the Blog and I am hoping one indeed will be able to relate more to your wing!

Every Blessing and Thank you for your encourgement. Tracey

It’s been a while since the most recent post. Is there any sign of anyone taking up the blog? I’ve found it most informative reading and would really appreciate some insights into life as a padre in 2012-13.

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