In 1876 Vincent sought a life in the clergy while living in England. His first position in Ramsgate only paid for his food and lodging and in the latter half of the year Vincent accepted an offer from Reverend Thomas Slade-Jones. Slade-Jones offered Vincent £15 a year for the position of teacher and curate. Despite the poor pay, Vincent was excited at the prospect of finally realizing his dream to devote his life to God's work. It is during his employ with Rev. Slade-Jones that Vincent gave his first sermon at the Wesleyan Chapel, Isleworth.