A new Vicar who has helped Iranian and Kurdish asylum seekers after they fled religious persecution is looking forward to taking charge of a church in Formby.
St Luke’s Church, Formby, is to hold the Service of Collation, Induction and Installation of Rev Dr Matt Davis at the church in St Luke’s Church Road, Formby, L37 2DF, on Tuesday 22 September at 7.30pm.
The service will be conducted by the Bishop of Warrington, Rt Rev Beverley Mason, and will take place under strict Covid guidelines.
Unfortunately, due to current Covid restrictions only a limited number of invited guests will be allowed to attend. However, there will be a live stream on YouTube – link to be found nearer the date on St Luke’s Church website: https://www.stlukesformby.org.uk
St Luke’s new Vicar originates from Northern Ireland and has been married to wife Liz, from Northumberland, for 13 years.
They have two young boys, and have lived as a family in Liverpool for the past four years.
Prior to their arrival in Liverpool, Matt started his training for Ministry at Oak Hill Theological College in London
Before London, Matt and Liz spent 11 years in Cambridge where they met and where Liz was a cardiology registrar in hospitals around East Anglia. Liz is now a geriatrics registrar.
At Cambridge, Matt spent a few years working in research using earthquakes to study the Earth’s structure, and a few years working on image recognition and face recognition for a software company.
Matt was ordained in Liverpool Cathedral and has been in the Liverpool Diocese ever since.
He was initially at a church in Toxteth, where he spent a large part of his Ministry with Iranian and Kurdish asylum seekers, many of whom had fled their homes due to religious persecution. More recently Matt has been a Curate in a large suburban church in Aigburth with a growing children’s and families’ Ministry.
The Rev Dr Matt Davis states in St Luke’s Church September magazine: “It’s our prayer that as we get to know you all and Minister alongside you that we would be a great encouragement and help as the Lord continues to grow his kingdom.”