Shalome MacNeill Cooper

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I've been known in these parts for riding a horse to chapel, planting prayer chains in the garden with seeds, taking our prayers, burning them and burying them in the pouring rain on Good Friday, having a good sense of humour but also taking ministry very seriously. I've been compared to the Vicar of Dibley on more than one occasion (I could do with a Verger Alice type friend to be honest and don't worry, no one has asked me to be the village Easter Bunny...yet) and described as a farmer's minister.That's probably because I have lead worship in a barn often and I know the difference between a Hereford and a Holstein because I come from a farming community. For stationing I requested a rural area and I have not been disappointed. I've been living in Shropshire since 2017 and before that on Iona in Scotland for a number of years.

I've done a lot of different jobs to support my education over the years but retailing has been a great educator for me. I have two decades experience in paid accountable ministry but I'm relatively new to Methodism so I'm still learning what Methodism is all about.

My understanding of Jesus is grounded in the Celtic Christian Tradition and expressed through Methodism. I tend to easily identify with the spiritually curious and therefore try to offer leadership that is an engaged spirituality whilst upholding those who still long for the 'Glory Days'. I'm passionate about the envrionment, equality, interfaith matters and worship.

I live live with my husband Frank in the Rea Valley area and I am minister in Minsterley, Pontesbury, Asterley, Vron Gate, Worthen, Wattlesborough, Snailbeach, and, Stiperstones. I have bachelor degress in Hebrew Testament and also another in Theology and a Masters of Divinity. I've studied a variety of subjects (archaeology in the Holy Land) and most of which are not practical but interesting. I am currently working on a Masters degree in transformational ministry at Queens with a focus on things most would find boring but will be of benefit to the congregations I serve.