After two years without a vicar, the Horncastle Group of Churches has finally announced the new rector who is to serve in the parish and due to take up his post soon, much to the delight of parishioners.
The Rev Charles Patrick has served in the Diocese for more than 20 years, first as curate in Barton Upon Humber, then in Grimsby, and latterly in the Middle Rasen and Barkwith Group of Parishes.
St Mary’s Church warden Phil Spray said parishioners were very pleased to receive the news about the appointment from the Bishop of Lincoln in mid-September.
Mr Spray said the church has been interregnum and without a rector for two years since December 2012 following the departure of the Rev Alison Buxton, who went onto to Ely and is now in Boston.
He said: “Although the announcement of his appointment has been made, the date for his instruction and induction is yet to be given. All at St Mary’s Church are looking forward to when Charles joins us and continues the ministry in Horncastle and surrounding villages.”
Rev Patrick is married to Linda, who has her own bespoke business producing christening gowns. They have two sons in their 20s and a younger daughter in the final year of primary school.
He has been active on various groups within the Diocese and beyond, including the Diocesan Synod and the Board of Finance. His particular interests lie in the Healing Ministry, and in encouraging local Mission and Evangelism.
He said he is looking forward to taking up his new post in Horncastle.
“I am very excited about working with the Church in Horncastle and the wider population there to, by grace, further the Kingdom of God in the towns and villages round about.”