Rev Sam Funnell

I grew up in Hastings with my parents David and Diane and after a few years, my younger brother Jonathan. I went to local schools and after my A levels left to start a career in banking with Lloyds Bank, as it was then. After around 12 years in the bank I worked as part of a new Credit Union team, still in Hastings, helping those who needed basic financial services.

I grew up in my local Methodist Church (St Helen’s in Ore village) and through my work there in Sunday School and Girls’ Brigade eventually felt a call to the ordained presbyteral ministry. After the thorough testing of the candidating process I trained on an ecumenical course with SEITE (South East Institute for Theological Education) for three years, part time. It was a great experience to train with friends from the Anglican and United Reformed Churches.

I began my public ministry as a probationer presbyter in 2001 in the Purley Circuit (now in the London District) with the care of two Methodist churches and one Methodist/URC. In 2006 I moved to the Medway Circuit in North Kent where I spent another five years caring for three Methodist churches that met on four different worship sites. Since 2011 I have served as the Superintendent Minister here in the South Kent Circuit and have the great privilege of working with a great team of people, churches and colleagues.

I am interested in the whole area of supporting people in ministry and those seeking to discern if God is calling them into ministry. I help out as Chaplain to the District Candidates Committee and am one of the District Mentors for candidates’ portfolios.

In my ‘down time’ I like to walk with my dog Daisy, read, catch up on my sleep, visit friends and family and eat food other people have cooked as my own cooking leaves a lot to be desired!

This is a good place to live and be in ministry. As a Circuit we continue to journey together, with God and each other, in this small part of the world where God has placed us.