Lots of the Chat readers by now will be familiar with this month’s interviewee, not to mention the congregation at St. Lawrence’s church and his appearance on the back page of June’s copy. He is of course the Rev. Sam Durant, the shiny new Rector of our parish church.
I first met him and his wife Sarah in the garden of the rectory playing with their three boys, Jonathan 7, Paul 5 and Andrew 1 who was driving his tractor around practicing for his future work as a farmer!
We chatted about this and that in his ample sized book lined cosy study. I opened by confirming his name and noted that it may have French connections. He confirmed it came from the Huguenots (persecuted Protestants of the 16th and 17th centuries).
Sam was born in Morden, Surrey where his father was the vicar. He told me that as a younger child he had thought about being an author, Rally Driver or a Missionary but his strong faith drew him to follow his father into the Ministry. Sam is one of seven children, four boys. One amusing anecdote was in answer to another question, which was his favourite colour, green he replied, being one of four boys with lots of clothing, his mother had coloured labels sewn inside each garment and his was green, colour coded children!
Like lots of us, Sam had early work experience whilst still at school. He had been a Pub waiter, working on the tills at Sainsbury’s and best of all for me, was a book packer working for a publisher, the pay was that he could take a couple of books home per day of his choice!
We spoke in depth about his Christian faith, which he recognised as a calling that couldn’t be denied. His first object in life is to tell anyone he meets that Jesus Christ died for them and believing in Him would change their lives forever. This would be brought about by the saving Grace of Jesus and following the compelling truth of His teaching.
I asked Sam which one of his heroes from the past he would like to have a conversation with. He immediately replied, Eric Liddell, the inspiration for the film ‘Chariots of Fire’. Eric was of course an athlete and a committed Christian which sustained him. I can see why he chose that man, I can see the parallels.
Sam is a player of sports rather than a watcher. He played Rugby both for school in Kent and later for a separate team in Ruislip. He currently plays 8 aside football in North Hykeham- wonder if he goes there on his bike, he likes that too!
The family enjoy holidays in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, where his parents have a cottage.
Sam’s last church was at St. Peter’s in Eastgate Lincoln from 2015. He was a Curate there, where as the title implies, an assistant to the Vicar. He took on work with youngsters in Holiday Clubs.
His first memorable Sermon was at an evening service in Birmingham. It was taken from the Epistle to the Hebrews chapter 12 “let us fix our eyes upon Jesus”
Well, as usual my word count has overrun yet again and I’ve surpassed my allocation, so on that I must end, not before saying that Sam is a very nice guy with or without his Bible, Skellingthorpe welcomes you.
Thank you for your time Sam,