Welcome our new Assistant Priest: 23 Jan

We are delighted that the Reverend Bob Weldon will be joining the Ministry Team in the G7 Benefice. He will be licensed to this ministry by Bishop Trevor Willmott in a service in Westwell Church at 7p.m. on Wednesday January 23rd. There will be an opportunity to meet with Bob and Fiona informally after the service in Westwell Village Hall. All are welcome. Please read below Bob’s letter of introduction.

“I am excited about joining the G7 Benefice as one of your Priests and working with the Rector, Rev’d Sheila and the rest of the team. I really look forward to meeting everyone across the benefice.

Reverend Bob Weldon with his wife Fiona

Reverend Bob Weldon with his wife Fiona

I will be living in the Westwell Vicarage along with my wife, Fiona. When I arrived in the benefice for interview in late November I just knew I was in the right place and had no hesitation in accepting the post when offered.

A little bit about myself: I have been married to Fiona since the mid-seventies and have a grown up daughter called Donna, a son-in-law, David, and two wonderful grandchildren, Harry aged three and James aged one. They are both such a joy to Fiona and me. I was born and grew up in central Scotland. On leaving school I gained qualifications in business studies but my career did not go in that direction and I eventually joined Surrey Police in 1978, serving thirty years until retiring on pension in 2008. My initial police training took place nearby at Grosvenor Hall, Ashford. My last post was that of CID office manager at Reigate police station.

By that time I had felt called to ordained ministry and had already started ordination training. I attended SEITE theological college which is now part of Christ Church Canterbury University. Incidentally this is the same theological college attended by Rev’d Sheila, Rev’d Susan and where our ALM, Dawn, is now attending ordination training. I was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Southwark in October 2009 and Priest in September 2010. I served my title as Assistant Curate in the Caterham Team Ministry serving the parishes of St Luke’s, Whyteleafe, and St Peter and St Paul, Chaldon. Since September 2010 I have been Team Curate in the Caterham Team Ministry.

My main hobby and passion is growing vegetables and intend to turn much of the garden to the rear of the vicarage over to this pursuit. I also love cooking, walking and reading. I hope to engage in a lot walking around the benefice. I also enjoy foreign travel.

I am so looking forward to ministry in the G7 benefice as we all work together in building the Kingdom of God.”

God bless,

Rev Bob