Work. Rest. Pray. is written by Richard Frost MBE.
A Christian since 1979, Richard has been a Reader (lay minister) in the Church of England since 2003 and is an Oblate (a ‘third order’, lay member) of the Anglican Benedictine Monastic Community at Alton Abbey in Hampshire. Married to Jane, who is a vicar, they live in Devon with Daisy, a cocker spaniel, and have two grown-up children. They serve in the Haldon Mission Community of six churches.
Richard has written a couple of books: A Story to Tell and Life with St Benedict. He regularly writes book reviews for BRF and Preach magazine, was in the Top Ten of Preach magazine’s Sermon of the Year 2019 and has a YouTube channel.
Richard started work as an employment advisor in 1979 and specialised in supporting people with mental health conditions to remain in work. Working for Devon Partnership NHS Trust at Workways from 2002, he previously worked for what is now Dept for Work & Pensions including working in Jobcentres helping people who were long-term unemployed and those who have a disability. In his work for the NHS he led Mindful Employer, an international ground-breaking initiative helping employers to support staff experiencing mental ill health launched in 2004. Richard moved on from this work in December 2018 to begin the next stage of life (some call this ‘retirement’).
Showing how it’s never too late to learn, having failed A-levels at school, he passed his driving test at the age of 38 and 15 years later, gained an MSc Vocational Rehabilitation. In this next stage of life he is learning to play the piano, to paint and do pilates… well, let’s see how that goes. Richard was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 for services to mental health.
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