Mid Ulster Branch Padre appointed on 9th January 2014
It is with much pleasure that the Mid Ulster Branch announces that Reverend Andrew Rawding has honoured us by becoming our Branch Padre. He is certainly more youthful than the membership and has an impressive, experienced service career.
Educated at Latymer Grammar School, London, Andrew Rawding was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1990. He served as Platoon Commander in Northern Ireland from 1991-94 and was awarded a Mention in Dispatches.
He completed two operational tours in Bosnia with both the United Nations and NATO. In 1999, whilst Adjutant to 2RRF, he resigned his commission to follow a call to holy orders in the Church of England. He studied theology at the University of Durham and was later ordained in the Diocese of London. He worked initially as a Curate in Enfield, Middlesex.
From 2005 he was Honorary Assistant Curate at St Mark’s Church, Armagh, whilst he was also undertaking peace and reconciliation work in Northern Ireland. In 2007 he joined the Royal Navy as a chaplain. After commissioning at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, he worked in frigates on anti-piracy operations, before completing Commando training at Lympstone and becoming Padre to 40 Commando Royal Marines.
He completed jungle training in Brunei with the Royal Marines. In 2010 he accompanied 40 Commando on a six month deployment to Afghanistan and was Padre to Combined Forces Sangin during Operation Herrick 12. In 2011 he became Rector of three parishes in the Church of Ireland, in County Tyrone: Brackaville, Donaghendry and Ballyclog.