Work. Rest. Pray. is written by Richard Frost MBE.

A Christian since 1979, Richard has been a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) in the Church of England since 2003. He is also an Oblate (a ‘third order’, lay member) of the Anglican Benedictine Monastic Community at Alton Abbey in Hampshire. Married to Jane, a vicar, they live in Devon with Daisy, a cocker spaniel, and have two adult children. They serve in the Haldon Mission Community of six churches. Richard is also a Chaplain to the South West Ministry Training Course.

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 also developed and led Mindful Employer, an international ground-breaking initiative helping employers to support staff experiencing mental ill health. 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. Richard was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 for services to mental health.

Richard is available for quiet days and speaking engagements – please contact him to discuss. He has written a couple of books: Life with St Benedict and A Story to Tell (which also has a website version). He regularly writes book reviews and has a YouTube channel containing a range of short films. Do join the Facebook group, follow on Twitter and take a look at images for reflection & meditation on Instagram and Pinterest.

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