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Denomintation doesn't matter.

DOES this preacher-man consider himself an ElimR Pentecostalic, a Methodist, a born-again Anglican entitled to sport a mitre? "No, no, no," he says. "None of them and all of them as well. It doesn't matter.

Don't get me onto the denomination wagon or we'll be here all night.

Christian denominations are a nuisance.

We all start off in them and we're loyal to our churches, Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, whatever.

"And that's the trouble. We're so brain-washed by the teachings of a particular denomination that we forget we're first and foremost Christians.

"I grew up as a Protestant, thinking what a shame it was that Mother Teresa was a Catholic. Denomination doesn't matter. Christianity does."

To prove his belief in this opinion, Dave and his American supporters have restored the ruined lady chapel of Wroxall Abbey in Warwickshire, where inter-denominational services are held, and the Aegis of the Order of St Leonard. These are open to all Christians and honours the life of St Leonard of Noblac, a sixth century monastic and patron saint of prisoners. Legend has it that their shackles would fall off when they prayed to the saint.

Five hundred years later, Hugh de Hatton, son of the First Earl of Warwick, was captured while on crusade and chained to a Jerusalem wall for several years. The story goes that St Leonard appeared to Hugh in a dream, freed him, and helped him home to Warwickshire where he gave 3,000 acres to form Wroxall Abbey, a Benedictine foundation until its destruction during the Reformation in the 16th century. Only the Lady Chapel was left and became known as St Leonard's.

The main church fell into disrepair and closed in 1994. In 2001 it was reopened by Renewal Christian Centre and became known as Wren's Chapel.
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