The following announcement was read at all service on Sunday 24th April 2016.
We are delighted to announce that, following interview and with the agreement of the patron and of the parish representatives, the Reverend David Walsh has accepted Bishop Donald’s invitation to become Rector of Kettering St Peter & St Paul with St Michael and all Angels. Subject to the normal Church of England legal and administrative procedures, David will be instituted by the Bishop of Brixworth on Sunday 4 September at 4.00 pm.
David is currently Associate Vicar of St Mary Abbots with Christ Church and St Philip, Kensington, with particular pastoral responsibility for St Philip’s, and Area Dean of Kensington, in the Diocese of London. David is married to the Revd Dr Carys Walsh, who serves on the teaching staff of St Mellitus Theological College. David says “Over the years, Carys and I have often heard about Kettering, as we both have family connections there. But Kettering itself is a new experience for us: coming to live and work there is a big adventure. We really like what we have seen of the town and the two churches and have been inspired by your vision as a parish for the future.”
Bishop Donald and Archdeacon Gordon are very grateful to all who helped with the preparation of the benefice profile, all the arrangements for the interview day and for the continuing and encouraging ministry of the parish in the service of Christ during the vacancy. We ask for your prayers for David and Carys as they prepare for their move.
The Venerable Gordon Steele
Archdeacon of Oakham