Hope and Life Press is pleased to welcome on board the British Anglican assistant curate and writer, the Reverend Andrew Highway, with his book Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply, set to be released early in the Winter 2017 season in paperback and ebook editions. Highway is an Anglican minister with The Church in Wales. He grew up in the market town of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds and is the son of a Baptist minister. His early experience of both traditional and charismatic Baptist worship provided Highway with basic spiritual formation, but in 2005 he started exploring a more catholic spirituality, leading to a deeper appreciation of the sacraments and the rhythm of daily prayer. After finding his spiritual home to date in the Anglican Church, Highway studied at Saint Michael’s Theological College, United Kingdom, and was ordained by the Archbishop of Wales at Llandaff Cathedral in 2012. During preparation for ordination, Highway felt particularly drawn to the intersection of Anglo Catholic and celtic spiritualities, whereas his vocational formation was influenced by the liturgy, architecture and values of the Oxford Movement.
As a non-stipendiary minister, Highway works as a town center development manager with Caerphilly County Borough Council and has enjoyed a varied career, including 10 years as a police officer with the South Wales Police, before moving into local government for a career in place management. Highway has developed an effective Unique Places model of town center management and created the Choose the High Street brand that encourages people to support their local high streets. In his vocational capacity, Highway presently serves in parish ministry with the Diocese of Llandaff in the deanery of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly.