Fr. Owain Mitchell
Vicar of New Mills
I grew up in the village of Patrington, East Yorkshire, just a few miles from Spurn Point, where I attended primary school, playing with friends or sitting in the church, being with God. At the village church of Saint Patrick’s, I was brought up on a diet of good liturgy and the encouragement of several Rectors. Expressing a sense of vocation at the age of six, I was invited to serve as Acolyte, Crucifer, Server, Lector, Chalice Bearer and Intercessor through my childhood and into adulthood. I attended Withernsea High School, and played Rugby for the school and the Town, and joined the Army Cadets. However, God and His Church were still my first love.
Because of my still young age, I was encouraged to spend a few years working and gaining some life experience before exploring my sense of vocation, and so I joined an Amusement company where I worked until 1999 when I began my training for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. I was made Deacon in 2002 and ordained Priest in 2003, serving my Curacy in five churches in and around Bridlington. From 2005 until 2020 I was the Vicar of Brigg, Wrawby and Cadney-cum-Howsham, Bonby and Worlaby in North Lincolnshire.
I have undergraduate degrees in Contemporary Studies (Policy Studies and Criminology) from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside and in Theology and Pastoral Studies from the University of Leeds, and a postgraduate degree in Theological Reflection and Ministry from the University of Lincoln.
Claire and I married in Saint John’s, Brigg in 2009. I have two daughters – Rebecca and Jessica, and Claire has a son, Sam.
To paraphrase Father Dougal in Father Ted, ‘I love being a priest’. I am energised by helping people to grow as disciples and ministers of God, and by building relationships and working with the wider community. Beyond ministry, I enjoy reading, watching most forms of motorsport, particularly Touring Car, Endurance and motorcycle racing. I also like to relax by watching films, box sets or listening to classic radio comedies or getting out on my motorbike.