How can I get back on the journey from being out on the bench?
Growing up with a combination of a stubborn personality and a life-long physical impairment, Haydon Spenceley went through early adulthood trying to do everything on his own. Often this led to either hilarious or disastrous results until one day he realised that the One he’d given his life to years before was ready and willing to show him that asking for help, needing help even, was more than ok, it was essential. He’ll be exploring how learning this lesson changed the course of his life, which sounds nice and neat and tidy, but isn’t quite, as it’s a lesson he is learning, still, every day.
Haydon was ordained in 2014 and has been part of the team of Emmanuel Group of Churches, Northampton ever since. He is currently the Team Rector there. Haydon spends most of his time doing Church leader-type things. And when he says most of his time, he means an awful lot of time. He is the Club Chaplain at Northampton Town FC. He's 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. He says he's not as funny as he thinks he is, but he often seems to have something useful and important to add to conversations and debates. Over the years he has 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. Haydon does use a wheelchair. And not because he's lazy.