Michael Roper

Michael Roper

Originally from North Carolina, Michael came to Britain in 1996 in order to do a year’s voluntary work.  Brought up as a Southern Baptist, he left that church due to its racism and homophobia and was baptised and confirmed in the Episcopal Church at sixteen.  There he found a real welcome and inclusiveness, though as an openly gay man, his calling to ordained ministry was put on hold.  He worked as a full-time volunteer for LGCM during its 25th anniversary year with Richard Kirker.  Thanks to that experience and the encouragement he received from lesbian and gay clergy, he decided to pursue his vocation in the Church of England.  He was selected for training for ministry (College of the Resurrection, Mirfield) and was ordained in Southwark in 2003.  He was curate with the Rev’d Canon Peggy Jackson in the Mortlake with East Sheen Team Ministry before taking up the post as Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul’s, Egham Hythe.  Since January 2016 he has been the Interim Minister of St. Barnabas, Epsom.  Michael has been a trustee of OneBodyOneFaith since 2016.  He is currently our appointed Inclusive Church Trustee representing OneBodyOneFaith.  Michael is passionate about sharing the Gospel with the marginalised and excluded.