Stephen Willis: Mental Health Chaplain in Northampton

Stephen Willis

Stephen Willis cannot remember a time when Jesus Christ was not a central part of his life. He ‘wrote’ his first sermon when he was 11 and was a regular local preacher on the local Methodist circuit at 14. This relationship with Christ became more personal and vital when he left home and joined the RAF as an Aircraft Engineer. Through the hospitality and love of a Baptist family near the airfield where he was based, his faith was deepened and a calling to ministry confirmed. He has been a member of Kings Sutton Baptist Church in Northamptonshire for 22 years, and 13 of those were as pastor. Stephen became interested in working with ‘people on the margins’ during his master’s degree. He trained as a Mental Health Nurse in 2005 and then became a Mental Health Chaplain in 2010.’Each day I am privileged to be able to accompany people on their walk of faith through the most difficult of circumstances,’ Stephen says. ‘I talk about my faith and about how Jesus Christ consumes me with his compassion and love with non-religious people more now than I ever did while in pastoral ministry. ‘I claim to do very little religion but a lot of relationship.’

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