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Rev Graham Sparkes

Graham was born in Waterlooville, Hampshire in 1956, and grew up in the London area. Having studied philosophy at the University of North Wales, Bangor, he then worked for the Methodist organisation now called 'Action for Children', before studying theology at Regent's Park College in Oxford and entering the ordained ministry within the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Graham served two pastorates at Horfield Baptist Church, Bristol, and at Christ Church Baptist, Kings Langley, before working for 12 years at Baptist House, with responsibility for the Faith and Unity Department. This included national and international ecumenical engagement, and work on current social and political issues. In 2011 he became President of Luther King House Educational Trust in Manchester, an ecumenical partnership for theological education.

Graham is married to Lisa and they have two children. For many years, he served as a Trustee of Christian Aid and has also been a long-standing member of the Baptist Union Retreat Group. As a result of studying for an MTh in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College in London, Graham developed a particular interest in the relationship between art and faith, and has co-authored God and the Art of Seeing: visual resources for a journey of faith.

Since becoming patron, Graham has been actively involved in many of the Retreat Association events, including the 2012, 2015 and 2018 Retreat Association Conferences and our annual Summer Events.

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