Rev Dr Ian Meredith – Vicar and Area Dean
Ian became our Vicar in March 2013. He comes from Scotland where he came to faith in his late teens while working as a male nurse in a psychiatric hospital. He attended the London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and has ministered in Scotland and England.
After several years of ministry he became an Anglican and was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, in 2002. He was Team Rector of South Ayrshire before coming to Portchester, and prior to that was Associate Rector at St John’s, Dumfries.
After gaining his BA in theology, he did a master’s degree in church history at Kings College, University of London (MTh) and a second MTh in pastoral theology at New College, University of Edinburgh (MTh). He was awarded a PhD from the University of Durham in 2007 for his thesis: “Irish Protestant migrants in the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway, 1817-1929.”
He describes his theology as ‘open evangelical’, and his churchmanship and worship style as eclectic; in the recent words of Archbishop Kallistos of the Orthodox Church, “All Christians should be Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical and Charismatic.” His ministry passions include developing spirituality, alternative worship, evangelism, Christian formation, discipleship, and mission.
Having spent short periods in India and Ghana has given him a sense of the world-wide church, and on a sabbatical break in 2017, visited the USA to research Christian recovery ministry to addicts and alcoholics, as well as doing further studies at Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
In the wider Diocese he has tutored in church history for the Pathway training programme, and for the Bishop’s Foundation Course. He is also Area Dean of Fareham, giving encouragement and care to ten local parishes and their clergy. Ian’s associations with the Navy help to strengthen St Mary’s links with the senior service with whom we have many historic and present connections. He is an honorary chaplain, Royal Naval Reserve (Sea Cadet Corps) and Chaplain of the Portsmouth Sea Cadets; he is also an O.C.M. (Officiating Chaplain to the Military) assisting the regular chaplains occasionally at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth.
His hobbies and interests include family and local history, music and reading, world travel, and places of interest. He is married to Marilyn and they share their home with their German shepherd dog ‘Ava.’