Introducing Brian and Jacky Withington

With the rescheduled induction just a few days away on Sunday 14th January, we thought you might like a picture and brief introduction to your new Rector. Complaints about the selection should be addressed to your parish representatives who shared in this responsibility!

For our part we very much like what we have seen of the seven parishes which make up the benefice along one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Nene and look forward to getting to know you and work with you.

So, who are we?

Brian has been married to Jacky for 42 years. They have two daughters Jo and Abbie. Jo has severe learning difficulties and lives in a Christian Community in South Wales. Jo makes regular visits home and loves church, so you will get to know her in due course. Abbie, a primary trained teacher, is married to Steve (a sound and lighting engineer), they live in Kettering and have two boys, William who is nearly seven years and Edward nearly seven months.

Both before and after his ordination as a priest in 1997 Brian worked in the Probation Service. He served as a curate and self-supporting minister at St John the Baptist in the centre of Peterborough and since 2004 has been priest-in-charge of a number of villages on the south side of Kettering around Broughton. For the last ten years he has also been Rural Dean of Kettering.

Jacky has a background in social work and caring having managed a local authority children’s home, worked as learning support assistant, and as an activities co-ordinator for a local charity providing residential care for disabled young adults. Jacky was licensed as a Lay Pastoral Minister in 2008.

As a couple we enjoy walking, music and theatre, as well as spending time with family – our two grandsons in particular. Jacky is a gardener and stitcher, and more recently become the keeper of three hens – William, George & Mrs Pepperpot – guess who named them! Brian also enjoys cricket (as a spectator these days), cooking and reading.

We both look forward to getting to know you, working alongside you and sharing in church and community life in the benefice during the coming months.

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