New archdeacon of Montgomery appointed
Montgomery will have a new Archdeacon in October after Bishop Gregory appointed a successor to the Venerable John Thelwell who will retire at the end of June.
The Reverend Dr Peter Pike is currently Vicar of the Headland Benefice – a group of four villages just east of Bridlington in the Diocese of York. He has served there for eight years but will become Archdeacon of Montgomery and Vicar of Berriew in the autumn, as well as playing a key role in helping to shape the life and witness of the church in rural areas of the Diocese.
Peter has also served in Lancashire in Blackburn Diocese for twenty years as a parish priest, rural dean and also as Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands, and Assistant Tutor on a non-residential theological course.
Born and bought up in south London with an English father and a Welsh mother from Penclawdd, near Swansea, Peter trained to teach in Hull and prior to ordination taught children with special educational needs.
He is married to Deb and they have two sons, a daughter and two grandsons. Peter enjoys reading poetry, American fiction and biographies, as well as walking with his black Labrador, Keeper. He is also looking forward to two and a half hours of Y Clwb Rygbi on S4C every Sunday morning when he moves to Wales, although he realizes he will have to record it!
Commenting on his appointment Peter said:
“We have been very happy in all the places in which we have lived and I have served, and we shall miss all the friends we have made in the north of England a great deal.
“But we look forward to making friends and working closely with new colleagues in Berriew, the Archdeaconry of Montgomery, and the Diocese of St Asaph.”
Bishop Gregory is looking forward to welcoming Peter to the Diocese and having him as a senior clerical colleague. He said:
“Peter is a priest of enormous spirituality and faith, who brings now to Wales a wealth of experience in rural ministry in the north of England.
“We believe that he will both complement and challenge the Bishop’s Staff team in the diocese of St Asaph, and we look forward to receiving him and his family in this particular part of the world.”
Peter will be inducted as the Vicar of Berriew on Monday 10 September 2012 at the Parish Church of St Beuno, Berriew and will be installed as Archdeacon of Montgomery in St Asaph Cathedral on Monday 1 October 2012.
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