First published in The Church of England Newspaper
The churchwardens of Great St Bartholomew are delighted to announce the appointment of the Reverend Marcus Walker as Rector of the parish.
Marcus Walker was ordained in 2011 and served for three years in London. Born in Jerusalem, he spent his childhood in the Holy Land, Moscow and Cairo. After reading History at Oxford, where he was President of the Union, he worked as a parliamentary researcher for four years.
Marcus is currently the Deputy Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He co-ordinated the first Anglican Evensong at St Peters Basilica and the loan of the ancient crozier of St Gregory the Great to Canterbury Cathedral, as well as helping to run courses, host guests, liaise with supporters from around the Anglican Communion and keep the Anglican Centre running logistically.
Marcus has sent this message to the parish:-
I look forward hugely to swapping the excitement of Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical work in one of the worlds ancient cities for the excitement of ministering the love of God in the oldest parish church in one of the worlds great global cities. With its history, music, architecture and vibrant congregation, I look forward to helping St Barts to be a beacon for Christianity in the City of London, an oasis in a busy city.
The recruitment panel consisted of the churchwardens as parish representatives, the Acting Bishop of London, the Archdeacon of London and the Dean of Westminster, who is our Patron. The panel was unanimous and enthusiastic about the appointment of Fr Marcus. It is hoped that his induction will take place prior to the start of Lent, so that we are able to go through the complete season, Passiontide and Easter with our new Rector present.
We look forward very much to Fr Marcuss arrival, and commend him most warmly to the parish.
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