Paul Messam trained at two art schools – Epsom and Salisbury as well the London College of Printing whilst working for more than 15 years in design and advertising as a creative in London, Brighton, New York and the Middle East. A change of career in 2001 led Paul to be ordained as a Church of England Priest. In November 2016 Paul was appointed Priest-in-charge of the Elstow Abbey Team and now is also Assistant Area Dean of Bedford. Paul enjoys keeping fit, real ale and long walks with the dog. He has 2 children who are grown up. Always one for a challenge whether it be Tuk Tuk racing in Thailand or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.