Doncaster Minster has announced that the Revd David Stevens will be the next Vicar of the Minster Church of St George.
The Revd Stevens is currently Priest-in-Charge of St Martin’s, Potternewton, and Area Dean of Allerton, Leeds, in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
The appointment follows the departure of the previous vicar, Canon Dr Paul Shackerley who took up the post of Dean of Brecon earlier in the year.
Revd Stevens trained on the Northern Ordination Course after a business career in retailing and finance and was ordained in 2002. He served his curacy at St Margaret’s, Horsforth in Leeds before being appointed to the inner city parish of Potternewton. His main hobbies are in sport, with rugby, as a proud Welshman, being the obvious favourite. He also enjoys the theatre and country walks with his excitable Welsh springer spaniel Tegan. He has two daughters, Samantha who is a chef and Robyn who is a commercial lawyer.
David said:“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the vicar of Doncaster Minster and I am really looking forward to working with my new colleagues on the exciting mission opportunities and challenges that lay ahead. By building upon the wonderful traditions and worship of the Minster, and through developing new creative forms of worship and outreach, there is an opportunity to grow the Minster community both in number and spiritually. As we also seek new ways to serve the people of Doncaster and beyond, through its institutions and organisations, and by working together with our ecumenical partners, I believe now is an exciting time to be moving to South Yorkshire to take up this appointment.”
The Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows said:“Having worked with David in Leeds, I am delighted to be welcoming him to Doncaster Minster. David brings a wide and valuable experience of urban ministry; growing a church, developing buildings and clear visionary and missional thinking. This will serve the Minster well as it looks to develop the next stage of its ministry to Doncaster and its engagement with the wider community.”
It is expected that Revd Stevens will be instituted and installed as Vicar on Tuesday, 3 February 2015 at 7.30pm.