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On October 16, Leah Marshall, parishioner at St. Andrews, Camrose, arrived in the UK to begin a year of growth and adventure. She writes the following…

As a 2020 university graduate, the outbreak of COVID-19 has led to many doors being closed to me. Yet other opportunities, that I never would have otherwise considered, have arisen as well. This fall I was accepted into Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) College, London, UK. HTB is “a vibrant Church of England church in the heart of London, passionate about seeing lives changed in the name of Jesus.” ( You might be more familiar with HTB as the creators of ‘Alpha!’

I first heard of HTB by watching their online services. I saw that they offer a college program; a year to develop your understanding of theology and leadership by studying discipleship and experiencing practical ministry at the heart of HTB Church. Honestly, I applied because, thanks to COVID -19, I didn’t have any other plans for my immediate future. And then I was accepted. Suddenly, I realized, I was moving to the UK.

Though I have travelled to a variety of places, as a prairie farm-girl this is my first time living in another country, let alone London during a global pandemic. The thought was a little daunting. Yet I have encountered overwhelming support from my community both with the college and at home. I want to sincerely thank the Diocese of Edmonton and my home parish of St. Andrews, Camrose, for supporting me in this leap of faith.

Watch for more details of Leah’s placement in the December edition of The Messenger.