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Revd Malcolm Porter

28 Mar 2019

We asked our incoming vicar Revd Malcolm Porter to provide some background on himself ahead of his licensing (expected to be Thursday 16th May) 

Revd Malcolm Porter
If you asked my wife, Christine, where the two of us met, she would probably tell you that I’ve always been around!  Chris and I lived in Aldersbrook, Wanstead during our childhood and teenage years (and I remember many happy, sunny, childhood days spent at Larkswood Lido).  We started dating as teenagers, spent the first couple of years of our marriage south of the Thames (a foreign land!), moved to Woodford (where our 4 children were all born) and although we have moved many times since, we have never moved very far and Woodford has remained our home base.  We have been members of All Saints’ Woodford Wells for the last 30 years, which coincides with the time that we have been in ministry together, initially coming alongside families with HIV and AIDs in east London.
 
We have been married for 40 years, our children are now all in their 30s and have provided us with 4 wonderful grandsons.  We delight in being grandparents and are looking forward to them all visiting us in our new home.  Our grandchildren often ask us where we are living now, as in recent years our ministry has been itinerant around the country, ministering to church leaders, staff, ministry teams and pioneers.  During the time when being ‘on the road’ has been the main focus of our ministry, we have not had our own home and although our default abode is with a friend of ours, we have often had house-sits locally, hence the confusion for our family as to where they might find us at any particular time!
 
Although our ministry has metamorphosed a few times over the years, it has always been based around relationship and prayer.  It includes one-to-one prayer, prophetic and healing ministry, seeking to encourage individuals to take God at His word, deal with the wounds of the past and become all that Jesus intends them to be, continuing to seek Him and to live out a hope-filled life, looking forward, knowing who they are in Christ.
 
I was ordained in 2005 and served a curacy at Woodford Wells, but ‘gifted out’ to Holy Trinity, Barkingside.  This will therefore be Woodford Wells’ second attempt to rid themselves of me, but they won’t be doing so completely!  My existing ministry with Christine will be continuing alongside my post as vicar at Highams Park and we are both looking forward to this new season with great excitement.
 
Having always been an Anglican I see myself as a sacramental, charismatic, evangelical with Anglo-Catholic roots!
 
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