Father Adrian Impett (Curate)
Originally from Kent, Fr Adrian was brought up within the traditions of the Church of England. Attending weekly with his parents, eventually singing within the choir of two churches, as the family moved from Kent to Rutland, then Hampshire and finally Surrey.
At the age of 13, at St Andrew’s Parish Church in Farnham, Fr. Adrian became an acolyte and then server. Progressing from being one of a group serving during the weekly Eucharist at St Andrew’s, to the role of serving alone at the smaller churches of St James’ and St Francis within the same parish.
Leaving school in 1974, Fr Adrian worked within photographic retail, the Railway Police and the Ambulance Service. In 1985, opening his own photographic studio in Fleet in Hampshire, he worked freelance for a national firm of wedding photographers. In 1988 joining that company full time, as Area Manager, and closing his studio he moved to Bristol.
Unfortunately, in 1992, Fr. Adrian was diagnosed with a Synovial Sarcoma on the base of the Femur. Several operations, and Radiotherapy, meant the loss of his employment, but he chose to go back to college and study a Diploma in Photography, before being accepted at University to study a degree in computing in the autumn of 1994. Sadly, in the January of 1995, he was diagnosed with a secondary sarcoma on the right lung. He had further operations, the removal of 85% of one lung, and a long session of Chemotherapy.
Having approached the Church of England enquiring as to becoming an ordinand, he was later told by the Bishop that he felt his serious medical history meant he may not be suitable for ordination at this time. In the Summer of 1997, rather than returning to University, Fr. Adrian independently as a non-residential student, began a Diploma in Theology at the Wesley College in Bristol, a Methodist Theological College. He completed this Diploma in 2003.
Fr. Adrian then joined the Open Episcopal Church, and was ordained to the Diaconate in 2004, and then to the Priesthood in June 2005. In 2013, Fr. Adrian decided to leave the OEC due to its wavering views upon Catholicity.
Fr. Adrian then applied to join TESSAC, and after some months of discernment, further theological training in the Catholic Tradition, studies and training, Fr. Adrian was incardinated into TESSAC and his orders were regularised by Archbishop Martyn Douglas on 12th May 2014.