David Benskin

Curate, Diocese of Oxford
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Having trained at CYM, I was a youth worker for 8 years within the Church of England, before starting my training for ordained ministry in 2017 at St. Mellitus College, London. I was ordained as a deacon in September 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. Currently I am doing my curacy in the benefice of Icknield. I have a mixed background in terms of tradition, as I have worked in evangelical, anglo-catholic, moderate and liberal aligned churches. With this experience and appreciation of a wide array of churchmanships, I am skilled to work with people from diverse Christian traditions.

I was diagnosed age 5 with dyslexia, and attended a school for pupils with SEN, leaving with limited qualifications. Although I felt called to ordained ministry at a young age, it took time for me to pursue this because I lacked confidence due to my disability. With positive support, however, I was able to pursue my calling and come to ordination. It is my privilege as mentor to now have the opportunity to work with others. I have a particular interest in supporting people from a non-academic background, and those who have additional learning needs and disabilities.

I have been married for a wonderful 6 years and have three young daughters. I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family, watching sci-fi and action movies, gardening and walking.

I am available for monthly meetings in the person or video calls.

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