The new minister in charge of two churches in South Holland has thanked people for their “wonderful” welcome to the area.
The Rev Canon Steve Simcox (pictured second left with churchwardens Ray Wright (left), Margaret Smith and the Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Reverend Christopher Lowson) was inducted to lead both St John the Baptist Church, Spalding, and Deeping St Nicholas Parish Church earlier this month.
But despite a 100-mile journey from Birmingham, where Mr Simcox led St Edmund’s Church, Tyseley, he and his wife Doreen are no strangers to eastern England.
Mr Simcox’s father, daughter and two grandchildren all live in the region and he himself studied at Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge, before serving as an assistant vicar in Cambridgeshire.
During a service at St John’s, the Bishop of Lincoln paid tribute to Mr Simcox’s predecessor, the Rev Peter Garland who served for 16 years before his death in June 2015, aged 62.
Mr Lowson said: “Steve is here, not as a manager of a golf club who knows all the greens are nicely looked after, but to give you the resources, confidence and joy to be able to go out and live the Christian life.
I am really confident that you can look forward to a bright and joyful future as you build on the good things that Peter Garland didThe Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Reverend Christopher Lowson
“I am really confident that you can look forward to a bright and joyful future as you build on the good things that Peter Garland did.”
Mr Simcox said: “We are overjoyed with the invitation to serve here and the way me and Doreen have been welcomed, and treated, on our journey across from Birmingham has been wonderful.”