The Revd. Pam Davies
I’m Pam and I’m the Minister at 57 West, a church plant for rough sleepers and vulnerably housed adults in Southend. 57 West made the decision in July 2019 to become an ‘affirming’ church, one of two in our Association, and has been actively involved in Southend Pride ever since. I also co-Pastor (with friends) Wild & Holy, which is an unregistered church created to be a safe space for LGBTQ+ Christians in South Essex.
Prior to Ministry, I worked for Surrey Police on the Youth Intervention Team and held a secondary role as a LAGLO (Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer) which included a responsibility for responding to hate crime. I then spent five years as a Youth Minister before training for Baptist Ministry.
I’m currently finishing a Masters in Applied Theology at Regents Park College and working through my dissertation which is titled ‘BUGB (Baptist Union of Great Britain and Same Sex Marriage: Can we really agree to disagree?’ (The short answer is ‘no’)! One of the things that is particularly important to me is that marginalised voices are included in conversation at local, regional and national levels and I am hopeful that this work will prompt some structural changes which might allow that to happen (it’s an ambitious goal, but well overdue)!
Outside of church I captain a rugby team in East Surrey and am continuing a second-year qualification in British Sign Language. I’m really excited about the opportunity to support, and be supported by, One Body One Faith as an organisation which embodies values that I seek to live out in my own life and ministry.