THE NEW vicar at St John’s Church in Hucknall has declared that he “loves the town”.
The REV DAVID FORD, pictured, has taken on a dual job which combines leading the church on Nottingham Road with being chaplain to the National Church of England Academy on Annesley Road.
After just a month in Hucknall, Mr Ford said: “We are very happy here. It is a lovely town with a great mix of people.
“The school is fantastic and the parish is lovely. I think we are going to be very happy here for a long time.
Mr Ford was formally introduced to the town and his congregation at a service dubbed a ‘celebration of ministry’.
He was welcomed by the Rt Rev Tony Porter, the Bishop Of Sherwood, and the Archdeacon Of Nottingham, the Venerable Peter Hill.
Mr Ford, who was ordained in 2009, previously worked as a curate at Leeds Parish Church and was chaplain to Abbey Grange Church Of England Academy in the city.
He added: “I was very keen to continue this slightly unusual mixed-ministry style of working in a school and parish at the same time.
“Ministry is a juggling act. I am splitting my time 50/50 between my two roles but I am 100% committed to both.”
Mr Ford (50) previously ran his own marketing and public relations company, Ford-Peacock Consultancy.
His wife of 27 years, Liz (49), joined the business in 1994.
Mr Ford was born in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire but grew up mainly in Kent. Hucknall is his 19th home.
He said: “The service at St John’s was wonderful. There were lots of people there — friends and family who came to support me and then lots of people you’ve never met before but who are committed to the Church.
“People in Hucknall are very welcoming, and that is wonderful to experience.”
Mr Ford and his wife have two children — Becky (22), who has just started teaching maths at a secondary school in Leeds, and 21-year-old Kieran, who is studying international politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales.