From bad to God – the gangster vicar

Some good news from The Sun newspaper:

 

From bad to God – the gangster who became a vicar

Mark Rowan outside of the Braunton Coastal Community Church, Devon. Mark has swapped a life of crime and prison sentences to become a reverend.

A HEAVILY TATTOOED former ‘gangster’ has gone from bad to God and become a VICAR.

Reverend Mark Rowan, 41, was a junkie who spent more than 17 years in and out of jail for drugs, theft and violent offences.

But he found religion during one of his prison terms – and decided to reform to help others do the same.

Mark, who said he had only gone to church before to steal lead from the roof, underwent five years’ training at theological college before being ordained.

He said: “I have full reverend status. This was the first exam I’ve ever taken and it’s a huge achievement for me.

“The only time I wasn’t committing crime was when I was sleeping. I carried knives and was involved with gangs.

“I used heroin, cocaine and cannabis and lived a crazy life. A lot of my friends are either dead or serving life sentences in prison.

“The only time I went to church was for the lead on the roof. I had no respect for Jesus and never thought about being a Christian.”

Yorkshire-born Mark settled down and married wife Andrea, a clinical pyschologist, after being released from Channings Wood prison in Devon…

 

If you can stomach it, you can read more on The Sun website

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