The Reverend Paul Snell - County Ecumenical Officer designate
Paul began his new role as County Ecumenical Officer in January 2018.
Paul was ordained as a minister of the United Reformed Church in 1981 after a short career as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer, working in the defence industry, and then training for ministry in Manchester. He served at Hertford URC until 1988 when he became minister of Derriford URC and Bere Alston United Church until 2003. During this time he studied for an MA in Evangelism Studies at Cliff College and also worked as an occasional Church Growth consultant for Bible Society. He then took up the part time role of Evangelism Enabler and Communications Officer for the South Western Synod of the URC, and alongside this, worked 2 days a week as a hospital chaplain at Derriford Hospital.
After 5 years in the synod work he was appointed as Deputy Manager of the Department of Pastoral and Spiritual Care at Derriford Hospital, becoming Lead Chaplain in 2013 until December 2017.
Paul enjoys various activities including photography, website design and travelling in his motorhome with his wife Linda. Together Paul and Linda also enjoy spending time with their children and 6 grandchildren who live in Cornwall and Devon. Paul's background and ministry have always been amongst Christians from a wide variety of traditions and he currently worships at Hope Baptist Church in Plymouth.