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Reverend Paul Parks

Retired Vicar of the Church of England

Because of the journey he has taken in his life, Paul Parks is now extremely passionate about mental health, PTSD and wellbeing, especially in how it affects military veterans.

Paul Parks served as a Vicar in the Church of England from 1999-2020. Prior to this role, he served as a Deacon in the Church of England for a year. Leading up to his time of service in the church, Paul took steps to further his education, gaining a BA(Hons) in Theology at Kings College, London, a MA in Theological Studies at St. John’s College in Nottingham and a Post-graduate diploma in Theology of Mission and Ministry at St. John’s College in Nottingham. 

While Paul’s biography may at first make it seem like he’s led a cookie-cutter lifestyle, he has actually gone through a significant number of trials in his life that have made him into the man he is today. As a child, Paul grew up in a single-parent household with his mom. After having had enough of his dysfunctional and abusive childhood, he fled at the age of 16 and joined the British Army’s Parachute Regiment. In his time serving, he was seconded to the Pathfinder Platoon and Squad Leader. He became in charge of the well-being, leadership and training of 9-12 men. During a later job at Heathrow Airport, he was also a member of the 21 SAS (British Army TA). 

In his time of service, Paul Parks suffered a brain injury that later led to severe PTSD. This disorder caused some painful turmoil in his life and drove him to have a breakdown in 2017, which also significantly impacted his relationship with his wife. He took this time to seek a firm diagnosis for his behaviors and thought patterns, undergoing three years of intensive specialist trauma therapy. It was a time of self-growth and discovery, as he reflected on all the factors in his life which led to his trauma, the majority of them stemming back to his childhood and his time in the army. Paul has now come to a place of healing and restoration, and he happily lives with his wife and their two youngest children in Ballaugh, Isle of Man, British Isles. 

Because of the journey he has taken in his life, Paul Parks is now extremely passionate about mental health, PTSD and wellbeing, especially in how it affects military veterans.  He is more specifically interested in psychotraumatology, which is the study of psychological trauma, and how therapy can help transform the brain’s plasticity. In 2020, Paul took early retirement from his position as a Vicar and decided to publish his first book called Hide Little Boy, a memoir that honestly reflects on the consequences of traumas and the mental damage they bring. 

Paul is now studying to become a psychotraumatologist. He wants to use his experience to help others suffering from this brain injury and give them and their loved ones the ability to repair their broken relationships. Paul knows there is hope for individuals suffering from this, and he is living proof of that. He is launching his own clinic in September 2021 and is available to speak at events on topics surrounding mental health, his life story and the Christian faith. 

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Rev Paul Parks