A PRIEST has taken on a new role which will be celebrated during a special service on Sunday.
The Rev Mark Warrick, who is priest-in-charge of All Saints’ Church in Stamford, has been licensed as the Dean of Stamford and will now be known as the Very Rev Mark Warrick.
Since the 1930s the title of Dean of Stamford has always been held by the Bishops of Grantham but the current Bishop, the Rt Rev Dr Tim Ellis resigned the post to allow a local clergyman to take on the role.
The Very Rev Warrick said Stamford was unusual in that it had many small churches ministering to sections of the town but the Dean of Stamford is the one point of contact for the Church of England in Stamford.
His new role will be celebrated on Sunday with a special service at All Saints’ Church at 6.30pm, led by the Rt Rev Dr Ellis.
The Very Rev Warrick said: “This will be the town’s celebration of the beginning of this new phase in the Church of England’s relationship with the town.
“The Bishop of Grantham will outline some of the ways in which the ministry of the Dean of Stamford is expected to make a difference for the churches and the town.”
He said he believed his new role as Dean would work well alongside his present work at All Saints’ Church and the current chairman of Churches Together in Stamford, because he has a good relationship with the other churches in the town.