Churchwardens Debbie and John are pleased to be able to announce that, following interviews held on Tuesday 8th September, Rev. Tom Houston was appointed to be the next vicar.
We are very excited to welcome him, his wife Emma and 2 daughters to St Andrew’s and know that they will receive a warm welcome once they move in after Christmas.
Please see below for the official statement from Archdeacon Gordon Steel.
Debbie, John, Gordan and Rural Dean Hannah are very grateful for all your prayers for this process and would ask that you continue and include Tom and his family as they prepare for their ministry at St Andrews.
EMBARGOED UNTIL SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2020
ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE MADE IN
THE PARISH OF ST ANDREW, KETTERING
ON SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER
APPOINTMENT OF VICAR
We are delighted to announce that, following interviews conducted on 8 September and with the approval of the parish representatives, the Revd Tom Houston has accepted Bishop Donald’s invitation to become Vicar of Kettering. Subject to the normal Church of England legal and administrative procedures, Tom will be collated by the Bishop of Brixworth on Sunday 24th January at 3 pm, probably on zoom.
Tom is currently Assistant Curate at St Mary the Virgin, Burton Latimer and is married to Emma and they have two young daughters. Tom moved to Northamptonshire to work at the Frontier Centre in 2008, then later explored ordination through the Xpect internship at Whitefriars Church in Rushden. Tom says: St Andrew’s and the larger area of Kettering have a long history of faithful Christians who have impacted the church’s landscape both locally and globally. It is exciting to follow in their footsteps and I pray that God will raise up men and women of faith in this area who will carry on that legacy. I very much look forward to serving in the parish and continuing to offer my gifts to the Diocese and the wider church.
Bishop Donald and Archdeacon Gordon are very grateful to all who helped with the preparation of the parish profile, all the arrangements for the interview day and for encouraging ministry of the parish in the service of Christ that is continuing during the vacancy. We ask for your prayers for Tom, Emma and their family, as they prepare for their move to Kettering.
The Venerable Gordon Steele
Archdeacon of Oakham