What are the things you’d want people to know about you if you were writing a short (ish) biographical statement? It’s a hard one isn’t it.
Well, here goes. I’m Haydon. For a lot of my young adulthood and my 20s, I tried to be a musician. There’s quite a lot about me and my music on this website. I’m proud of most of what I did. I’m not telling you which bits I’m not proud of though.
Around my mid-20s I felt like I should change focus a little bit and so trained to be a Church of England Minister. This was extremely challenging, formational (that’s a good Church of England word), enjoyable in parts and, through the good graces of God and the provision of some fine friends, introduced me to Single Malt.
I was ordained in 2014 and have been part of the team of Emmanuel Group of Churches, Northampton ever since. Currently I’m the Team Rector there.
That same year, I married Jo. This was (and remains) a very good thing.
So I spend most of my time now doing Church leader-type things. And when I say most of my time, I mean an awful lot of time. I’m also Club Chaplain at Northampton Town FC.
Away from that, I’ve been writing music reviews for the last several years. I currently can be found at Drowned in Sound, Clash and Under the Radar. My reviews are usually very positive and are often late in being submitted. I’ve had the great delight in doing some PR work too, most notably for Martin Smith, Army of Bones and Stu G. This kind of thing is a great and diverting joy.
I’ve written on disability, Church and faith in a variety of magazines and newspapers, spoken at Greenbelt, New Wine, Lambeth Palace, Enabling Church conferences and a lot of other places too. I’m not as funny as I think I am, but I often seem to have something useful, dare I say, important to add to conversations and debates.
I’ve grown increasingly interested in the role of the Church (with a big C) in showing that there is a positive way of living life and making the world a more equitable and vibrant place, particularly outside areas of affluence and opportunity.
I use a wheelchair. And not because I’m lazy.
And however much vicars are renowned for liking the sound of their own voices, I don’t like writing biographies, so this one ends here.