It has been announced today that the Revd James Grant has been offered the post of Associate Vicar in the Parish of Worth, Pound Hill and Maidenbower. James was born to Scottish/German parents in Glasgow and grew up in Berlin before returning to the UK to finish his degree in Theology at the University of Glasgow. He trained for ordained ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge and has since served his title post at St Clement’s, Chorlton in Manchester with a particular focus on ministry to young adults and local ecumenical ties as well as being Chaplain to St Anselm’s Hall at Manchester University. James is married to Hengyi and they are expecting their first child in January. James said, “I am delighted to have been offered this post at what seems an exciting time in the parish’s development. Hengyi and I are looking forward to making a new home in the St Barnabas Vicarage and getting to know the people of the parish.”
Before ordained ministry James was a tour guide in Berlin and worked in a night shelter for the homeless. He was baptised Presbyterian and grew up in the German Lutheran tradition before finding a home in the Anglican Communion. His love for good preaching and excellent church music (particularly Baroque and Renaissance) and readiness to engage with many different traditions bear witness to this mixed upbringing.
Provisional arrangements have been made for James to be licenced as Associate Vicar in a service at 7.30 p.m. on 18th November 2014 at St Barnabas Church, Pound Hill.