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Joy Ludlow - Assistant Curate

I am a single, though I come with my pug Teddy in tow. I grew up mostly in and around Gloucestershire with my parents, three sisters and two brothers.

Before training for ordination I studied for a degree in music in Cardiff. I am a classically trained soprano, and play a myriad of instruments (all very badly); but my real passion is ethnomusicology.


After my first degree I worked for a number of years as a volunteer chaplain at HMP Cardiff. I followed the call into ordained ministry after my second trip with the diocese to visit churches in India.

I trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, completing my Masters degree with them in the first few months of my curacy, which started in the benefice in July 2017. Whilst training at Trinity my areas of interest were environmental ethics and systematic theology. I also read the entirety of Barth’s Church Dogmatics, no mean feat, and enjoyed most of it…

My other interests include trips to the opera, the National Trust, dog walks and cocktails.