Four new clergy welcomed to Willesden Area
The Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, has welcomed four new members of clergy into the Willesden Area. All bring with them a wealth of experience and different expertise to help them in their new roles, leading churches across Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon.
On 4 September Bishop Pete licensed Father Justin Dodd at St Barnabas Ealing in a ceremony attended by local dignitaries such as local MPs Angie Grey and Stephen Pound and the Mayor of Ealing, Mohammad Aslam.
Father Justin was born and ordained in Johannesburg and the ceremony reflected his South African roots with the parish choir boosted by two other local choirs singing Thuma Mina, a traditional South African Chorus. Father Justin’s last post was Associate Vicar of All Saints Ealing Common and St Martin West Acton, and he was delighted to welcome representatives from both these communities to the service.
St Barnabas is a well-loved church at the heart of North Ealing, which prides itself on various activities to strengthen the local community. The church has a very popular cinema club, where once a week the church screens a film, and holds discussions afterwards.
Father Justin is looking forward to strengthening and expanding the bond between the church and the local community in the next few years.
On 5 September Bishop Pete welcomed the Revd Trevor Goddard as non-stipendiary Priest-in-Charge at The Annunciation, Wembley, in a special ceremony attended by over 150 guests, including local MP Barry Gardiner and the Mayor of Brent, Bobby Thomas. Trevor joins The Annunciation as he leaves his position at St Mark’s, Kensal Rise where he served as SSM Curate. During the ceremony, all those who attended, including members of both The Annunciation and St Mark’s, enjoyed both traditional and modern music from St Mark’s music group, alongside the special blessing by Bishop Pete.
Whilst in his position, Trevor will continue to work for Viridian Homes for four days a week whilst working closely with The Annunciation to help grow the church’s family, in order to more effectively share God’s Love in actions and words with their wider, local community.
Trevor will also continue to work closely with St Luke’s Hospice, as The Annunciation and St Luke’s have traditionally had a very close relationship, with church members volunteering and running fundraising activities in ongoing support of the work of the Hospice.
On 11 September Bishop Pete led the Induction of the Revd Natasha Woodward as Vicar of Holy Innocents, Kingsbury. Natasha moves into this position from the Diocese of Chelmsford where she was Associate Priest at St Peter and St Paul, Chingford, previously to which she served her curacy at St Paulinus Crayford and All Saints Church in Orpington. During the celebrations, Natasha was delighted to welcome members of her previous parishes, all there to help celebrate this special day for her.
Among others, the local community was represented at the service by monks from the local Kingsbury Buddhist Temple, who have worked together with Holy Innocents’ on community events. Natasha is looking forward to building on such good relations as the church seeks to serve the diverse population of Kingsbury.
Natasha moved to the UK 22 years ago from Canada and was ordained by Bishop Michael of Rochester in 2006.
Finally, on 12 September Bishop Pete licensed Fr Geoffrey Borrowdale as Vicar of St Anselm’s in Hayes Town. St Anselm’s church is situated very centrally on the high street of Hayes Town and serves the diverse local community. Fr Geoffrey is looking forward to helping St Anselm’s expand its congregation and to get involved with projects such as a weekly food bank, where families in crisis can come to the church and get food for their families.
Fr Geoffrey joins St Anselm’s from ‘The Benefice of the Churn’, a group made up of seven churches, serving six parishes in the Diocese of Oxford, where he was associate priest from 2011. He was ordained by the Bishop of Reading in 1999 and has served in a variety of parishes since, with members of his old congregations attending the ceremony on 12 September.
The Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, said:
"It’s great to welcome such talented new priests into the Willesden area. They are new leaders to serve our local community and I very much look forward to working with them."