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 15 years ago.
Lydia has worked as a parish priest, a school chaplain and 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.
Lydia is Chair of the Diocesan House of Clergy, the Rural Dean of the Blackmore Vale and lives at Shillingstone Rectory with her husband and two cats.