Introduction to Rev Vlada Rakin, curate

Vlada

I was born in 1970s Belgrade, S.F.R. Yugoslavia (contemporary Serbia) to an ethno-religiously mixed family of Brethren Christians.  In early 1993, I joined a Protestant Evangelical Church in Belgrade, got baptised and felt the need to let Jesus Christ shape my life, as opposed to hatred and revenge in the region.

After becoming a Sunday-school teacher and a church youth leader, I joined a Christian humanitarian organisation in 1996, operating in the post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Sent by my church, I landed in Norway for three years of Bible and missionary studies. Upon my return, I became youth leader responsible for street evangelism, and was later ordained as priest in 2000. In 2001, I commenced studies in History at the University of Belgrade and a few years later met my wife Kirsty. In 2004, I moved to the UK, we married and several years later, our lively Ewan and Cameron were born.

In 2013, we moved down South to Epsom Downs, opening the door for my healthcare chaplaincy work. My discernment process followed and the Bishops Advisory Panel together with the Bishop of Dorking recommended me for Church of England (CofE) ordination training. The time at St Mellitus College and the placement at All Saints Church Banstead were invaluable. 

Apart from my chaplaincy and work as a curate I enjoy learning about different cultures and traditions, listening to people’s stories, and I talk—a lot—about food and cakes. In my free time, I love exploring the outdoors and do sports activities, with my family.

And then, in 2019, the Diocese informed me that an inspiring Anglican church in West Ewell would welcome a quirky curate. So here I am!

You can contact me via the church office or by email.