To the Parish of Horsington
Dear friends and friends still to be
No doubt there is much speculation and inquisitiveness over who the new Parish Priest and his wife really are. The ground is level on this one as we too wonder who you are and look forward to hearing your stories too! So, by way of introduction.
I am one of three brothers, raised in the gold mining town of Welkom, central South Africa, where I met and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Shortly after this, I became aware of God’s call on my life into full time Christian ministry. This I have exercised in various church and para-church organisations in a voluntary capacity in different leadership roles, alongside my career.
I read Social Science at Cape Town University after completing National Service as a Lieutenant in the Armoured Corps. I then trained and practised as an Industrial Social Worker in the Y.M.C.A., the South African Post Office, Marine Pharmacy and Social Services, before relocating to the UK in 2003 to join the N.S.P.C.C.
In 2013, I accepted a call into the Ordained ministry of the Church of England and read Theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, before completing my curacy at St. Luke’s Church, Parkstone in Poole under the tutelage of the Revd Canon Christopher Strain.
I met my lovely wife Lorna whilst reading Pharmacy at Cape Town University. We married in December 1989 and were blessed with four wonderful children, Carmen (now married to Rob with their son Toby and his sister on the way) who live in Weston-Super-Mare, Micah (who they wait to meet again at the resurrection), and in Poole, there is Malcolm with his girlfriend Shannon, and Daniel.
Lorna was raised in a small gold mining village, Stilfontien in northern South Africa, with her brother and sister, save for two years in Coventry. Lorna met and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour whilst at school. In South Africa, Lorna has worked as a Pharmacist in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and for several private retail Pharmacies, in-between raising and home schooling the children for part of their lives. Lorna also owned her own retail Pharmacy. In the UK, Lorna has worked for Christians Against Poverty (CAP), been an independent bookkeeper, worked in the hospitality and tourist industry, as well as with Lloyds and Boots Pharmacies. Lorna feels called at this time to join me in this new ministry in the Benefice of Abbas & Templecombe, Henstridge and Horsington.
We have two dogs. Moses, the black Labrador, welcomes all with an exuberant and extravagant greeting ritual comprising a broad smile (not a snarl!) accompanied by loud and a fairly broad range of sounds. Avoiding eye contact and generally ignoring him reduces the noise level and duration of his greeting. Moses usually accompanies Kevin wherever he can, and is occasionally seen wearing a clerical collar! Lilly is a cross Maltese Poodle/Shiatsu with a heart of gold, a temperament that wouldn’t harm a flea, and a growl that belongs to a much larger dog!
Until we meet, may you all know the wonder and joy that Christmas affords us reminding us that Jesus lived all of life as we do, albeit in a different era, and so understands all that we face. So, whatever you may be experiencing this Christmas season, know that Jesus loves you and cares about you, and all whom you love.
Happy Christmas in Christ,
Kevin and Lorna Rogers