The text of the official announcement about a new vicar for Holy Trinity Church, together with a pastoral statement from Bishop Christopher is posted today, 16th Feb 2020 …
We are delighted to announce that the Bishop of Southwark, in consultation with the Parish representatives and the Bishop of Kingston, has appointed The Revd Joshua Rey to the post of Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Roehampton in the Deanery of Wandsworth. Joshua is currently serving as Chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark.
Joshua was born and brought up in South West London (albeit just the other side of the river) and was often brought by his mother (on her bicycle) to Pen Ponds to hunt for tadpoles. His first career was in the City. This was followed by a spell overseas as an aid worker, and work in Whitehall in the field of unemployment policy. He trained for Ordination at Cuddesdon from 2009 to 2012, and served his Title at St Leonard’s, Streatham, before taking up his current role in 2016. He enjoys reading, the outdoors, family life, and getting to know friends old and new.
It is anticipated that Joshua, Annie and Paddy (and their three cats) will move to Roehampton in June and that Joshua will be Collated at Holy Trinity by the Bishop of Southwark in July. They very much look forward to becoming part of the community of Roehampton, and offering a warm welcome to all at the Vicarage.
The Bishop of Southwark wishes to express warm thanks to all who have contributed so much to Holy Trinity over the last year. He recognises with much appreciation the love, leadership, ministry and prayers that have been given with great generosity and commitment, by many people, led by the Churchwardens and the ministry team. In particular, he is very grateful for the wisdom and prayers of those who have worked with him in making this appointment.
It has been a year which began in shock and sadness, a year in which there has importantly been time also for thanksgiving for Jim’s ministry. It has, too, been a year of life and growth and discerning God’s call for the next chapter of mission and ministry.
The Bishop is confident that, by God’s grace, this new chapter for Holy Trinity Church and the parish of Roehampton will be one of great blessings and hope. His prayers are that, building on all that has been achieved in past years, the challenges and opportunities of the future will be embraced with faith, creativity and partnership – Christ centred and outward focussed.