Reverand Marc Kerslake
Marc has just taken over as Priest-in-Charge after being Assistant Curate for the parishes.
I was born in Exeter and when I was around seven my family moved out to Crannaford (between Broadclyst and Rockbeare). I grew up with chickens, an old tractor, a donkey, cats and acres of the local farmers’ fields and stream to roam around in.
When I left college I went to work for the family feed business, supplementing my income with working as a doorman in pubs and clubs in Exeter. It was through my time ‘on the doors’ I met my Angie, my wife of 25 years, and she encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming a police officer. I left the force in 2002 and became a landscape gardener. We have four amazing boys Jack, Sam, Max and Dan who are the light of our lives.”
How did you find faith in Christ?
“While I was a beat officer in Surrey I helped train another officer (Robin) who was a Christian; despite my militant atheism he patiently talked with me about his faith and we became great friends. Many years later, after we had lost touch, he contacted me out of the blue when I was going through a tough time. He came to visit, stayed for a weekend with his family and we talked through a growing feeling I had been experiencing of God’s presence in my life. We prayed together and overnight everything in my life seemed to change.”
What difference does being a Christian make to your life? ?
“ I often recall how waking the morning after Robin and I prayed together the whole world looked different, like being able to see the roots of a tree running under the soil beneath my feet when I look down from the branches. I can see the patterns and weave of life even when I often don’t understand them fully and am more open to the wonder of the world. Things are sometimes still tough, in fact I think perhaps sometimes life has been tougher since I came to faith: hard choices to be made and a difficult path to walk, but one full of wonder and beauty made more glorious understanding what I am part of.