Nathan Ward

Nathan Ward

Born in 1980 in Chatham (Kent), Nathan was educated at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester, where he studied GCSE’s and A-Levels. From here he went to Durham University where he studied for his first degree in Community and Youth Work Studies. For 13 years he worked in custodial settings for a multi national security company, becoming head of an immigration removal centre. He focused mainly on working in settings where there were young people and in 2007 was given a National Youth Justice Award by the Attorney General. During this period he became a lay youth minister also undertaking some work in a local parish church. At this time he completed a Masters Degree in Security and Risk Management at the University of Leicester

In 2010, following the birth of his first child Nathan founded The 139 Club. This was in response to the growing need for accessible information and courses to help prepare people for child birth. It gained charity status in 2015.

In 2011, after sensing a call from God, Nathan started training for ordination at the South East Institute for Theological Education, now St Augustine’s College of Theology. He took a Foundation Degree in Theology for Christian Ministry at Canterbury Christ Church University and later undertook a BA in Theology for Christian Ministry at Durham University. Throughout this training he took a particular interest in mission and evangelism, and had a paper published on church growth.

He was ordained Deacon in 2014 in the Diocese of Rochester, serving his curacy as a self supporting minister in the Parish of Holy Trinity South Chatham. During this time, following his passion for mission and evangelism, Nathan founded The Big Story Trust which uses the creative arts to proclaim the Good News, equip Christians through training and provide them with resources to tell the Big Story of God.

Outside of the church, Nathan has an academic expertise in physical restraint, deaths in custody and cultures of abuse in residential settings. 

His interests include illusions (he is a member of the Magic Circle), model railways and playing the piano.

He is married to Kayleigh and they have one son and a daughter. 

Chronology

  • Born 1980
  • Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School 1991 – 1998
  • University of Durham, BA Hons, Community and Youth Work Studies 1998 – 2001
  • Youth and Community Worker at St Justus Church 2001 – 2004
  • Chaplain at Medway Secure Training Centre 2001 – 2007
  • Corporate Magician 2001 – 2007
  • Enrichment Manager at Medway Secure Training Centre 2007 – 2011
  • University of Leicester, MSc in Security and Risk Management 2010 – 2012
  • Head of Children’s Services at Gatwick Immigration Removal Centres 2011 – 2012
  • Christ Church Canterbury University, Foundation Degree in Theology for Christian Ministry 2011 – 2014
  • Head of Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre 2012 – 2014
  • Head of Care and Justice for Diagrama UK 2014 – 2017
  • Deacon 2014, Priest 2015
  • Honary Curate, Holy Trinity South Chatham 2014 – 2017
  • Head of Professional Standards for Diagrama UK – 2018
  • Vicar of St Margaret’s Rainham (Kent) 2018 – present
Assistant Priest
Jonathan Jennings