Rev’d Beverley Ramsden delivers Celebration Chapel message
May 14, 2021

The Rev’d Beverley Ramsden was the latest Rydal Penrhos Celebration Chapel guest speaker.

One constant throughout the last 12 months has been Rydal Penrhos’ virtual Chapels and Assemblies, which have continued to provide pupils and staff a sense of normality despite the ever-changing situation around them.

These come from the Reverend Nick Sissons, with Director of Music Pete Williams providing the songs and special guest speakers also lending their support from across the globe.

The latest Celebration Chapel contribution on Friday 14 May comes from a little closer to home. The Rev’d Beverley Ramsden, who is part of the Methodist Churches of Llandudno, was kind enough to lend her support and share some of her journey with us.

Rev’d Ramsden was educated at Manchester High School for Girls before earning the necessary grades to secure a place at the University of Oxford, where she studied Chemistry.

“There I met and became friends with Rev’d Sissons – we were both members (and both became president) of the student Methodist society. I met my husband in the same society too.”

After gaining her Master’s degree, Rev’d Ramsden went on to have a career with IBM as a technical salesperson. After having two children and becoming a bigger part of a local Methodist Church where she resided in Sussex, she decided to become a minister.

“I felt a continued nagging that I was to make a change and, after a crisis of faith and fighting God off for a long time, I finally gave in and offered as a minister in the Methodist Church. I somehow managed to juggle ministerial training, a full-time job in IT sales, doing up a house and bringing up two children. It was a hectic time.”

This was followed by Rev’d Ramsden’s first appointment and she moved to Blackpool with her family in 2006. This also enabled her to finish her degree in Theology with weekly visits to the University of Manchester.

Llandudno is Rev’d Ramsden’s second appointment and she took up the position in 2012.

“I have been here nine years (of ten), much longer than most ministerial appointments in the Methodist Church. I’m still learning, not only in my work life but in other things too, and have recently undertaken several university courses in landscape archaeology. Who knows what the next phase of my life will offer by way of life-long learning and contribution to the community?”

On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos, we would like to thank Rev’d Ramsden for giving up her time and appearing in our latest Celebration Chapel, which can be viewed below.

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