New vicar instituted at St Pancras Parish Church
The Bishop of London has visited St Pancras Parish Church to institute its new vicar, the Revd Anne Stevens.
Over 300 members of the congregation and local community gathered to welcome Anne to her new role, including Bishop Jana Jeruma-Grimberga from the Lutheran church and David Ison, the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral. Other local dignitaries in attendance included the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Heather Johnson, local Member of Parliament, Frank Dobson, Dean Ruth Siddall from University College London, Professor Veronica Lewis from the Place and Sheila McCalla Gordon, the Executive Headteacher of the parish’s St Mary and St Pancras CE Primary School.
Anne, who joins St Pancras after a 10 month interregnum, is the first woman vicar to lead a church in South Camden and brings a wealth of experience to the role, having most recently has been Vicar of St Michael’s Battersea, and Director of Reader Training for the Diocese of Southwark. She previously worked as Chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge, and before ordination for the Civil Service and for British Telecom.
St Pancras is an inclusive church which actively serves a diverse range of constituencies in this busy part of the city. This ranges from providing the Anglican Chaplaincy to University College London to providing the base for PSALM, a Charity working with and for older people. The Church of South India also holds a monthly communion service at St Pancras and the Orthodox Coptic Church meets here fortnightly. The iconic church building is also often used for concerts and other artistic performances and runs the annual London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.
The Revd Anne Stevens, the newly instituted vicar of St Pancras, said:
"This is a church where everyone is welcome. I know that churches these days often have a bad reputation for being judgmental and exclusive – but we’re trying to do something very different here. Whatever your previous experience of church, or of faith, you’re very welcome to come along to St Pancras and join us in searching for a more authentic form of Christianity that’s rooted in the amazing grace and unconditional love of God."
Churchwarden Dorothea Hackman, said:
"In Anne we have found a vicar who will achieve a balance of continuity and change; maintaining and developing our inclusive values, respecting and nurturing our range of ministries, but also surprising us and developing the potential of St Pancras Parish Church. We’ve had wonderful support from many of the excellent young chaplains of the hospitals and universities in our parish but it will be so good to have a Vicar in place again and focus on the future."