The Diocese of Portsmouth
He could have died at least three times – but the Rev Paul Ginever believes God has kept him alive for a reason. The 65-year-old will retire this month after 15 years as vicar of St Mary’s Church, Hayling Island, and 42 years as a clergyman. In the past 18 years, he has been diagnosed with cancer three times. He’s had treatment for a melon-sized tumour in his chest, for stomach cancer and for bowel cancer. He’s grateful for the support of his family, friends and congregation. So it is appropriate that his farewell service at St Mary’s on 25 May will involve him baptising his latest grandchild, Drew. “It’s a cliché, but you do realise what matters in life – not what you’ve got, but the people around you,” he said. “I’ve been prayed for around the world, by people of virtually every denomination. I wouldn’t be here without the combination of modern medicine, the love of God and the support of others.