Rev Mike Weaver, 49, used to co-own Los Locos, a venue which prides itself on being Covent Garden’s longest happy hour bar but after resisting a call to ministry for ten years, he decided it was finally time to ditch the nightclub business.
Expalining what led that decision, he said in a statement: “My 20’s saw me with little time for church, instead concentrating on the world of work, sport, motorbikes and life in general. Over time, I fell out of love with the nightclub business.
“The late nights, the drunks and all that goes with it made me realise that the industry was not one I felt comfortable working in so I left in 2008. God had been working in my life since an Alpha course in 2000, after which I slowly sensed a calling into ministry.
“I strenuously sought to resist the call, and managed to do so for almost about a decade.”
Rev Weaver enrolled in New College in Edinburgh to study divinity in 2012 and after graduating in 2015, and completed placements in a number of churches.
He has been ordained as the minister of Gillespie Memorial Church in Dunfermiline, which is his first full-time charge.
Rev Weaver, who was raised in the Methodist Church and has lived in the south of France and Australia, said his ambition was to lead a congregation in “faithful obedience” to the Gospel and making Jesus known to more people.
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