Meet Jonny Norridge
I live in Nottingham, with my wife and two teenage children. I’m in my early forties and for the last two decades I have been a designer, artist and lecturer, whilst raising our children.
I love to explore creativity, spirituality and meaning — in artwork, culture, conversation and everyday life. (Visit jonnynorridge.com for details of my work in art and design.)
I formally began offering spiritual direction to individuals in 2015 as part of my training. This built on many years of experience exploring, teaching and creating spaces for prayer and spiritual formation.
Background and Upbringing
I was bought up in Oxfordshire, with parents who were pastors and four brothers. I am fortunate to be surrounded by family who inhabit the worlds of education, medicine, law, charitable-enterprise, theology, science, church leadership and service. There is not space here to go through the various seasons of my life, save to say there have been many joys, losses, challenges and graces. All this plays a part in my formation and understanding of what a Christlike life looks like and shaping my desire to live compassionately, contemplatively and creatively.
Associations, networks and affiliations
I received my training with the organisation Sustainable Faith at the School of Spiritual Direction, in Amsterdam. I continue to receive supervision through that cohort. I am now part of the team facilitating the formation of new spiritual directors within the UK and Ireland (we have many directors now trained within Vineyard Churches UK&I). I also connect with the Nottinghamshire Anglican Diocese spiritual directors, and benefit from their on going support and training days. [More details on my formational training here]
For two decades, I have served and led within various teams and small groups in the life of Trent Vineyard, Nottingham. This has included roles with compassion and poverty alleviation, creative expressions of prayer and worship, teaching, Spirit formation, meditation, prayer, pastoral care, hospitality and serving the Lord’s supper.