Lydia spent 5 years training for ministry at Oxford and was ordained in 1996. Rural ministry has been her sole focus throughout her ordained life and she has worked in the Dioceses of Peterborough and Oxford and moved to Salisbury Diocese 10 years ago.
Lydia has mostly worked as a self-supporting minister, meaning that she has combined parish ministry with secular work. She has done a variety of jobs including being a cook, running a pre-school and being a smallholder.
She is enjoying being back in full time ministry and lives at Shillingstone Rectory with her husband and two teenage sons.