Jonny’s work in spiritual direction follows years of exploring the contemplative life and creating spaces for others to explore prayer, formation and creativity. He loves to provide the ‘hospitality of listening’; which was slowly formed in him through serving those in poverty and participating in spiritual formation groups. It was during a dark and desert like season that Jonny became profoundly aware of the great need and value of spiritual direction. This planted a deep desire in him to accompany others in the various seasons of their life.
A few extra personal notes…
I live in Nottingham, UK with my wife and two teenage children. I’m in my mid-forties and for the last two decades I have been a designer, artist and lecturer. This continues to be the ‘work of my hands’ alongside my work in spiritual direction. Visit JonnyNorridge.com for details on my work in art and design.
A good week for me includes: enjoying work and creativity; time to sit with a book and listen to music; good food, drink and conversation shared with those close to me; cycling, walking or some other form of exercise; gathering with our faith community; and enjoying prayer, meditation and silence as key daily practices.
Background and Upbringing
I was bought up in Oxfordshire, with parents who were pastors and four brothers. It’s a joy to see my family, now spread wide, inhabiting worlds of education, medicine, law, charitable-enterprise, theology, science, publishing, church leadership and service. This is not the space to go through the various seasons of my life; save to say, there have been many joys, losses, challenges, grief 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 Sustainable Faith‘s School of Spiritual Direction. Sustainable Faith have many schools around the world — my training was in Amsterdam. I continue to connect for support and supervision through that network.
As a teacher with Sustainable Faith, I am now involved with the team facilitating the formation of new spiritual directors in the UK and Europe. It a joy to see the growth of spiritual directors through to this work.
About two and a half decades ago, I joined a burgeoning Vineyard church plant in Nottingham. Since then (and throughout the growth of that community) I have served and led within various teams and small groups in the life of the church. This has included roles with compassion and poverty alleviation, creative expressions of prayer and worship, teaching, theology, spiritual formation, led meditations & devotionals, pastoral care, hosting and hospitality.
Before, above and within all these communities, relationships and affiliations, I seek to live simply as a faithful follower of Jesus — attentive to the Spirit — open to the Presence of God.