LEYLAND Parish Church, St Andrew’s, has a new vicar. With a formal Institution service, a packed congregation warmly welcomed Reverend David Whitehouse as the new incumbent.
The traditional Anglican Institution ceremony was conducted by the Bishop of Blackburn, Right Reverend Julian Henderson and the formal Induction by the Assistant Archdeacon of Blackburn, Canon Grant Ashton.
In the service the new minister declared his faith in Christ as uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and made promises of allegiance to the Queen and obedience to the Bishop. As required, he toured the church building, making promises to uphold the ministry of word and sacrament and to fulfil the diocesan vision to make disciples, be witnesses and to grow leaders.
As the Bishop underlined; “It is a time of welcome, thanksgiving and celebration for everyone as a new ministry begins and a new chapter in the life of the parish, which has welcomed worshippers for more than 800 years, opens up.”
Following the formal installation, Reverend Whitehouse was welcomed to Leyland by fellow church leaders from various denominations within the town, along with the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Councillor Harry Hancock and his wife Marion.
On his appointment, David Whitehouse said: ‘It is a great joy to have been asked to come and serve our Lord Jesus alongside the church family at St Andrew’s. I am so grateful for all the hard work that went into the appointment process.
“My family and I look forward to getting to know everyone and sharing life and ministry in Leyland. We are praying that in the years ahead God will show his kindness to us all by using what we do together to help more and more people get to know Jesus and his love for them.”
Reverend Whitehouse, 49 years old, will officially take up his post from September 2019. Originally from Manchester, he is moving from Southport where he has been the vicar of St Simon’s (St Simon and St Jude with All Souls). He is married to Gaynor and they have three children, Naomi, Lydia and Reuben.
The new vicar at St Andrew’s replaces Canon Reverend David Gibb, who stepped down from his post in December 2018 after 17 years’ successful leadership and ministry in Leyland.
For more information, contact the Church Administrator, Janet Sutherland on 01772 622964
Group Photo: (L to R) Right Reverend Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, Duncan Bell, Associate Vicar St Andrew’s, David Whitehouse, Vicar St Andrew’s, Matt Cook, Associate Vicar, St Andrew’s