Rev Ben Kautzer, Our Rector
I grew up in Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California and did a degree in business communications and theology in San Diego before moving to Nottingham in my mid twenties to do a Masters.
My 'short' trip abroad turned into something rather different when I met my wife, Jo.
I went on to study for a PhD in Durham and worked as an academic researcher.
Just when I thought I had my life all planned out, I felt God's call to pursue ordination in the Church of England.
All the scattered bits of my life's journey began to point to this one vocation and I have never looked back!
I trained for ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and for the last four years I served my curacy at Earley St Nicolas in east Reading.
During this time, I also served as a part-time chaplain to the Bishop of Reading and taught as a theological educator for the Diocese of Oxford.
Along the way, Jo and I have been blessed with two beautiful boys, Ted and Gregory.
I enjoy time with friends and family, adventures with our boys, reading fiction, politics and theology and relaxing with a good boxset.
We are delighted to call Oakley our new home.
It is such a joy to be with you.
Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and welcome