Nick Edwards was training for the priesthood in the Church of England when God called him and his family to go the extra mile – or, more accurately, 10,000 miles – to serve in the Diocese of Newcastle.

Raised in Gippsland, he studied theology at Trinity College, Melbourne, before travelling to sing with cathedral choirs in England.

Nick later trained and worked as a counsellor, cognitive behaviour therapist, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) practitioner, deepening his understanding of us all being made in the image of God and what it can cost to love one’s neighbour.

He will be ordained Deacon by Bishop Humphrey Southern, at the request of Bishop Peter Stuart, on Sunday 14 May.

Nick, Eleanor, and their six-year-old daughter, Henrietta (Etta), will then arrive in Morpeth in August.

He will be ordained Priest on 26 August in St Peter’s East Maitland before beginning as Priest in Charge of St James Church Morpeth the following day.

He sees his future ministry revolving around Prayer and Parties, helping to keep Christ and St James Church at the centre of the local community.

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