Andrew Linley was ordained as an Anglican bishop, and, having previously represented an American church in the UK, he now offers parish ministry in the Free Church of England, as well as pursuing his primary vocation as a funeral minister.
Although Andrew’s experience within the church is very broad, ranging from parish ministry through training new clergy as a seminary professor, to arranging major ordination services, he has felt the deepest satisfaction from arranging and conducting funerals, which he has done since 2004.
For Andrew, funeral ministry allows him to combine in a single vocation some of the greatest loves of his spiritual life: meeting people, liturgy (formal worship), and music. He holds degrees and diplomas in theology, music, public speaking, and the humanities, having studied at institutions including the Open University, the University of Wales, and the London College of Music.
Andrew is a member of the Guild of All Souls, a Christian society devoted to praying and caring for the sick and the dying.
Andrew’s personal beliefs are mainstream Christian, standing within what is called the Classical Anglican tradition, but his pastoral approach is open-hearted and caring. It’s a privilege to be asked to conduct a funeral for anybody, and Andrew is dedicated to putting his broad range of skills and resources at your disposal to create a service which is both appropriate and uplifting.