Rector Appointment

Two weeks ago Kate announced that the Vacancy Committee had chosen a candidate to be our new Rector. We’ve now received all of the references and background checks, and I’m delighted to be able to announce that the successful candidate is the Rev’d Stephen Holmes.

We believe that Stephen is a very positive appointment for Holy Cross and he was chosen over some strong competition. Stephen was very clear during his interview that he very much wanted to come to Holy Cross.

Stephen is currently the Rector of five Church of England churches in a small town and four villages in Cornwall: the United Benefice of Padstow with Trevone, St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor in the Diocese of Truro.

Before working in the Diocese of Truro, Stephen had considerable experience of working in the Scottish Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Edinburgh. He was previously assistant Priest at Old St Paul’s for two years, with pastoral responsibility for St Margaret’s, Easter Rd. He was also Associate Rector of St John’s in Princes Street, where he shared leadership of the church with the Rector.

Stephen will be announcing his appointment today to his existing parishes. He has sent a message to Holy Cross to let the congregation know that he and his wife Izzy are very much looking forward to coming to Davidson’s Mains, and to working and praying with everyone at Holy Cross.

It is likely that Stephen will move to take up his duties at Holy Cross around January or February 2020. I’m sure we will all want to keep Stephen and Izzy in our prayers.

Alan Kirkpatrick, chair of the interview panel

15 September 2019

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