Intern Pastor Greg Wilson
Lewisham SDA Church welcomed the arrival of Pastor Greg Wilson to the fold at the start of 2018 and are so far enjoying having him join with the congregation as the Intern Resident Pastor for the next year or so. In order to get more familiarised with the Bedford native originally, we put together a number of questions which he kindly answered to help us to get to know him a bit better.
Q.Where you were born and raised?
A. I was born [and raised] in the town of Bedford — the home of John Bunyan, author of the well-known book pilgrim’s progress.
Q.Name some of your influences growing up
A. I grew up in Bedford and was not only influenced by its rich spiritual heritage, but by the love and guidance of my mother and grandparents, who were all strong Adventist Christians from Jamaica. It was these positive relationships that strengthened my own walk with God.
Q. When did you decide you wanted to become a minister?
A. The decision to become a minister was actually taken in 2009, though the calling and leading of God had begun many years earlier.
Q.What University did you go to and what did you study?
A. I have always had two loves “Design and Theology.” At my first university (Hertfordshire) my undergraduate studies were in Product Design (BA Hons) and my postgraduate studies were continued at the University of Cranfield (Institute of Technology) where I gained an Msc in Advanced Automation and Design. Years later, when I had made the decision to enter ministry… I began my studies at Newbold College acquiring a graduate Diploma in Theology (called a Licence), followed by an MA in Systematic Theology — where I also had the opportunity to teach for a short period Conceptual Physics. Over the course of my studies I have found that my design background has often informed and strengthened my understanding of the Bible, which has helped me to simplify difficult theological ideas for various forms of presentation (e.g. in Graphic Design, Book illustration, and Fashion Design etc.).
Q.What are your Christian goals?
A. My essential goal is to do the work God has given me to do — Firstly, towards completing my short term and long term writing goals, in addition to my work as a Pastor; Secondly, to make the gospel more accessible and engaging for young people with the creation of intelligent tools (smart phone apps.); One such tool that is nearing it’s completion will help both novice and professionals alike to prepare sermons and short messages quickly and efficiently; and thirdly to be able to incorporate aspects of design into my ministry.
Q.What can we find you doing outside of church? What are your hobbies and interests?
A. My interests range from inventing products that solve immediate problems, to cycling and keeping fit with healthy eating, to dabbling in a little poetry.
Q.What else do you want people to know about you? E.g. Are you family person
A.Yes, I would say I am a family man and I care about people, young and old alike.
Q. Do you have any parting words of encouragement you want people to remember?
A. I have found Micah 7:8 to be quite encouraging. I had a banner hanging on my wall for many years, with the words “when I sit in darkness the Lord shall be a light unto me…” it reminds me that life is not always easy… that when I am at my lowest point, or when there seems to be no way out of a difficult situation… that God is still there… willing and able to lift me out of that darkness into his marvellous light. It reminds me that the overwhelming pain and frustration I may feel at the time… will come to pass.
It’s a text that gives me hope! And it has served me well during my long periods of study (burning the midnight oil). I hope you can take comfort from it too 🙂
We want to say Thank You to Pastor Wilson for being so gracious to take the time to answer these questions. We pray for God’s continual blessing upon his ministry going forward.