Rector is moving to Birmingham

David-To-8605-200x140The Rev’d Canon David Tomlinson announced in the Communion Service at St Mary’s on Sunday morning 25th August, that he will be leaving at the end of November. Although he was sad to be leaving, David said he intended to enjoy his remaining three months in Saffron Walden.

Three months ago, his wife, Jenny Tomlinson, became the Archdeacon of Birmingham and David will be leaving to join her at the end of November.  His final working day is Sunday 24th November and his final service will be at 10 a.m. that day. Under his leadership St Mary’s Church has grown numerically and in faith, the musical tradition has been maintained and a significant building project has been undertaken to make the church more welcoming and accessible. David is still seeking God’s leading concerning what the next stage in his ministry will be, and sought the congregation’s prayers for God’s guidance. Rev’d Rachel Prior, curate at St Mary’s, said “David is an excellent priest, full of wisdom and good humour who has taught me so much about sharing the love of God. We will miss him hugely but he goes with our blessing, our love, and our thanks.”

David came to St Mary’s as Team Rector of the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry, and Area Dean of Saffron Walden on 21st September 2008.

David has overseen significant developments in the Team Ministry and the Deanery, with the Team Ministry expanding to including four new parishes, and churches in the Deanery learning to collaborate more fully in God’s mission and ministry.

Recently David published his first book entitled Leading a Church to Maturity in Love and is currently working on a second on the significance on Christian discipleship with a particular focus on the importance of Holy Communion.

David is a keen cyclist and has recently cycled from Land’s End to John o Groats and from the southern to the northern coasts of Ireland.

David said, “It is going to be hard to go because I have enjoyed living and working in this wonderful town of Saffron Walden and this beautiful part of north-west Essex so much. However, the timing does feel right; Jenny and I will have been living in different places for 6 months by then, and that seems long enough to both of us. I’ll miss many aspects of life here, notably my many great colleagues in and beyond the churches of Saffron Walden, the Team Ministry and Deanery. I look forward to my next post which includes living in Birmingham that I’m sure will prove to be a stimulating place to be. I’ll, of course, continue to hold the life of this town, team and Deanery, and their churches, in my prayers.”

Please keep David in your prayers as he prepares to leave and to seek a new post.