A former Vicar of Spalding has followed in the footsteps of French playwright Victor Hugo and late British actor Oliver Reed after moving to Guernsey.
The Venerable Tim Barker, vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas Church for 11 years, is the new Dean of Guernsey where he will take on various civic and legal duties.
Mr Barker, married to Judy and with two children, was instrumental in setting up the Vista Crew youth group and chaired the South Holland Crime and Disorder Partnership before becoming Archdeacon of Lincoln in 2009.
“After 17 enjoyable and rewarding years in Lincolnshire, it is quite a change to have moved to the Channel Islands to be Dean of Guernsey,” Mr Barker said.
“As well as Guernsey itself, my responsibilities also include Alderney and Sark which I am looking forward to visiting soon.
“I am delighted to be here with my wife Judy and we have had a very warm welcome.
After 17 enjoyable and rewarding years in Lincolnshire, it is quite a change to have moved to the Channel Islands to be Dean of GuernseyThe Venerable Tim Barker, Dean of Guernsey
“I am beginning to find my way around Guernsey and I am learning about the very different way of life here.”
Mr Barker was inducted during a service at St Andrew’s Church, Guernsey, and his new parishioners on the island include ex-Southampton and England footballer Matthew Le Tissier and British tennis player Heather Watson.
“It is good to have a parish base from which to exercise my wider responsibilities as a senior Church of England priest in Guernsey,” Mr Barker said.
“I am excited by the new opportunities here but I also have much gratitude for the people and places within the Diocese of Lincoln which I have come to know and love.
“Both myself and Judy will always retain huge affection for Lincolnshire and its people for whom I will pray God’s continued blessings on the life and work of the parishes.”
The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: “As a parish priest and then as Archdeacon of Lincoln, Tim has been a tremendously loyal and dedicated servant of the Diocese of Lincoln.
“Tim goes to Guernsey with a huge debt of gratitude and with my blessings to both he and Judy for the joys and challenges of their future ministry.”