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Young evangelist appointed in rural Norfolk

JessieWalrond450A 25-year-old rural evangelist has been appointed by the Diocese of Norwich in South Norfolk to enable, equip and encourage people in rural churches to become even more effective in sharing their Christian faith with others.

Jessie Walrond, who studied Christian Apologetics at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) has been appointed as a part-time Rural Evangelist across Norfolk to work with rural churches of all denominations within the county.
Jessie said: “I feel like I’ve got my dream job, its a privilege to be doing this work and I’m excited about what God’s going to do!’
“At the moment I am just building relationships, getting to know people in and out of the church in the local areas, and making links with anybody else doing similar work.
“I’ve helped to start a mums and toddlers group in our village Swainsthorpe, which is a great opportunity to serve the community and meet a need, and it’s fun too! I’ve met with some others who are also passionate about linking up young Christians in rural areas, and equipping them for what they’re doing. We have exciting plans already to connect and support young adults based in rural churches.
“Basically, I’m trying to find out what God’s already doing here, and get involved. I believe God loves the countryside as much as he does the towns, and while ministry in these areas is often a lot more difficult, it gives us the opportunity to be creative! I’m excited to try new things, and encourage others to do the same. I honestly don’t know how this will all turn out, but I’m trusting that God knows, and He’s never let me down yet.”
 Jessie’s work will include offering training seminars on answering difficult questions (apologetics) such as: ‘Can I trust what the Bible says?’ ‘Are all religions the same?’ ‘Why did Jesus die?’
The project will involve collaborating with churches to inspire and support them in serving and reaching their communities for Jesus. Jessie will also be involved in helping to create and sustain a network for young Christians (18-30years) in rural areas.
Jessie was brought up in a small village in Somerset and studied Speech and Language Therapy in Cardiff, before going on to study Apologetics at Oxford.
She is currently working part-time as a speech therapist and will be based in the village of Swainsthorpe just south of Norwich, which is part of the Tas Valley Benefice led by the Rev Sally Gaze.
If you are interested in being involved, or if you are currently doing similar work and would like to link up, please contact Jessie at or on 07527 907712, or Sally at

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