Chaplain Michael Elliot has very kindly agreed to come over from the UK to lead the Sunday Service at Saint Luke’s Church Fontainebleau on October 29, 2017. You are very welcome to join us in welcoming him. Here is his interesting biography.
I grew up in Kenilworth, Warwickshire and went to senior school in Coventry. I attended St John’s Church, Kenilworth as a youth. (The church warden of Saint Luke’s Fontainebleau, Deigan Morris, had a connection with St John’s too, so my brother-in-law Andrew Haines informs me.) I sensed my call to ordination there. I went to St John’s Theological College in Nottingham in 1980-83.
I served a three year curacy in St Catherine’s, Pontypridd (South Wales) and then three years youth pastor/second curacy in St Paul’s, Leamington Spa.
I joined the RAF as a chaplain in 1989 and left after 17 years to work as a school chaplain in Cambridgeshire. I returned to RAF Chaplaincy as a Senior Chaplain in 2007 and served a further 7 years, managing ecumenical chaplaincy teams, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. I finished my time in the RAF at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.
Now I work part time as a reserve RAF chaplain encouraging Pioneer Leadership and Fresh Expressions and live in the Peterborough area with my wife Fiona. I’m also qualified with the Human Givens Institute being awarded a diploma in counselling.
We have three grown up daughters, one of which lives in Australia and three grandchildren.
I continue to try to keep fit running and walking. I enjoy classic cars and industrial history.