St. John's Digswell - Team
Fr Rob joined St John's in the summer of 2015 after spending just over two years doing a similar job as Team Rector of East Ham.
Interim ministry is about asking Questions under God. We are stewards of the resources which have been entrusted to us and we need to discern the honest answers for the church of today as we seek to Live God's Love.
Born in Hull, the eldest of five children, Rob is a former BBC football commentator who was ordained priest in 1984.
He has two grown up children who were both married in 2014.
He has been director of communications for the Diocese of London, the Archbishop of York and has advised many other bishops and organisations including St Paul's Cathedral at the height of the Occupy protests which left a huge impression on him.
Rob's PhD looked at the future of faith based broadcasting in a digital age. He used his three decades as a presenter of BBC's Pause for Thought and now Thought for the Day to undertake this study.
He has published five books, leads pilgrimages to Scotland and the Holy Land, watches Manchester United whenever he can and has a white boxer called Rambo!
I am married to Hedley whose roots are in farming, we met while we were both working at Lee Abbey in North Devon over 30 years ago, Hedley was running the farm, and I was cleaning the toilets! We have three sons and two daughters, two dogs and number of hens and we care for the Shetland sheep that keep St Giles churchyard neat and tidy. The children are all adults though two of the boys are still at home and sweep the fridge clean fairly regularly.
I was born and brought up in Sheffield, returning often to the hills around the city and to see my Dad who still lives there. Recently I have discovered the delight of hidden star log cabin patchwork, a challenge for the non mathematical brain but great fun. I enjoy gardening, cooking, tea and cake, dahlias and outdoor swimming amongst many other things.
I was licensed as a Reader a number of years ago and have been fortunate and blessed to serve in the parish of Codicote during that time. Faith for me is very much a journey with twists, turns, but always wonderful new vistas opening up at unexpected moments. I am looking forward to sharing the journey with you during the next few years.