St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate welcomes new parish priest
The Revd David Armstrong was installed this week as the new priest-in-charge at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate in the City of London. Fr David was licensed by the Bishop of London as part of an evening ceremony which included a service of Choral Evensong and a reception.
Joining from a busy parish in the Diocese of Chelmsford, Fr David has worked in active ministries across London and Essex. He will settle in well to St Botolph’s, which will provide a chance to draw on his time spent working in the communications industry in Westminster and the City of London.
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London said:
“As the area surrounding St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate enjoys a rapid redevelopment, the Christian community here will continue to grow. Fr David’s energy and experience will help guide the parish in this new chapter, and help the Christian community in the City of London to continue to thrive.”
The Revd David Armstrong said:
“After four wonderful years at St Leonard’s, Lexden, I’m privileged to have this opportunity at St Botolph’s. The role presents new challenges and the opportunity to expand an active ministry of presence in the City. I am honoured by Bishop Sarah’s confidence in me to take on this role and will commit myself to being a parish priest both supporting and representing all who live, work or pass through our part of this thriving City.”
Situated near Liverpool Street towards the East of the City of London, St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate serves as the spiritual heart of a community including several redevelopment projects. A new transport hub, alongside retail and leisure developments, are expected to boost the local area. St Botolph’s has been a place of worship since at least 1212, but its most thriving years could well lie in the future.