Catherine writes

We very much look forward to welcoming Rev Catherine McBride and in anticipation of her arrival she writes:

There’s an old joke which goes, “How do you make God laugh? .... Tell him your plans!” How true. It’s safe to say that becoming a vicar was never part of my career plan, but that just goes to show how dangerous (and futile) it is to say ‘never’ to God! 

I worked for many years in the pharmaceutical companyGlaxo Smith Kline: first, as a ‘bench scientist,’ exploring how our drugs were metabolised; then in a technical writing group and finally with project teams, advising them on the regulations they needed to adhere to when developing and marketing drugs. More recently I have been able to tap into this previous experience whilst volunteering on an NHS Heath Research Authority Ethics Committee. I also l have a real interest in exploring how science and faith need not be mutually exclusive.

Despite my reticence, God eventually got his way and I left GSK in 2006 to train for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where I spent two thoroughly enjoyable years before serving my curacy at Holy Trinity, Meole Brace in Shrewsbury. So you can see that Shropshire got under my skin! I’m delighted to be coming back again and am looking forward to getting to know Market Drayton and the surrounding area.

My family live in the South East, although I originally hail from Wales – which becomes very evident during the Six Nations! I enjoy walking, meals with friends, pub quizzes, cryptic crosswords, rugby (obviously - but that’s watching, not playing!), real ale and malt whisky – not all necessarily in that order.

‘Being a vicar’ still feels somewhat daunting and as I seek to serve you here in Market Drayton I know that it will only be in God’s strength and with his help that I can even begin to hope to do that. The words from my ordination service are seared into my mind “You cannot bear the weight of this calling in your own strength, but only by the grace and power of God.” I also see ministry very much as a team effort and so look forward to working with you in bringing God’s purposes for St Mary’s and Market Drayton to fruition.