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Dave Williams was curated in 1995 and now works with the NHS.
Married to Lin, with two grown up sons Stu and Nick, a lovely daughter in law Emma, and a wonderful grandson Søren who is 7 months old. Grew up in Liverpool and went to the family church which was a Welsh Methodist Church in Bootle. Learned a lot about family and community, but little about the grace of Jesus Christ.
Since my early teens, I had always been involved in singing in groups, as a duo with Lin for a time, and as a solo club act.
Started going back to church in 1985 when the lads were small, so that they could learn about Jesus. Lin said she’d go on condition that ‘we don’t get too involved!’ Became a Christian in 1986, alongside Lin, when we both took Jesus as our Saviour.
After becoming a Christian, I started writing a lot of Christian songs and visited other churches sharing my testimony and songs. I also wrote a Christian musical called ‘No Greater Love’.
After many years in Sales as a salesman and Sales Manager, I felt a call into ministry and, after kicking against that call for a couple of years, finally pursued my calling in 1991.
Following my selection, I trained at the Northern Ordination Course and was Ordained as a Curate in 1995.
Following my Curacy, I began work as a half-time Parish Priest and a half-time Chaplain to Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool.
In 2004, that post became available full time, and after much prayer, I realised that I felt my calling was to be there with people and families who were really struggling, rather than in Parish ministry.
Accordingly, I left the Diocese in 2004, and began my work full time with the NHS, where I have been since, now being responsible for the Spiritual Care department at the Trust.
My interests,’ theologically’ are in making God accessible to people and families who just do not know how to reach him because Church has really not impinged on their lives at all. I see my ministry as a ministry of helping people along stepping stones toward God’s love.
Otherwise, I love following Everton Football club, and playing and writing folk music. In collaboration with my son Nick, I recently wrote a folk musical to celebrate the Titanic, which we performed widely over the past two years. Our group is named ‘The Mersey Rigger’ and can be heard on www.youtube.com/user/TheMerseyRigger