Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth Ryde

Rev'd James Percival Appointed as Interim Priest in Charge

6 Apr 2021, 7 p.m.

Bishop of Portsmouth has appointed the Reverend James Percival as Interim Priest in Charge of Ryde, All Saints and Swanmore, St. Michael’s and All Angels.

James grew up in Worcester Park, Surrey, and was a chorister at his local parish church until football took over, though singing carried on too. He was confirmed while studying at New College, Oxford and worked as a barrister in family and criminal law before (rather shyly) exploring a calling to ordained ministry. After training at Ripon College Cuddesdon, he served as Curate in Redhill, Team Vicar in Sanderstead and Team Rector of Limpsfield and Tatsfield until the middle of last year. Having served for 17 years of wonderfully varied ministry in the Croydon area of the diocese of Southwark, he moved to Portsmouth last summer with his family.

He is married to Kathryn and they have two children, Dominic (19) and Eliza (16), and an affectionate, strong-willed Australian Labradoodle called Polly. Kathryn has been Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral since December 2019.

James often finds God in music and sport, not least playing the saxophone, the English choral tradition, West Ham United FC, rugby and cricket. Over the years, James has served also as Chaplain to the Air Cadets, the Diocesan Mothers’ Union, and the British Legion, and is presently (and will continue as) part-time Chaplain at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

James is delighted by this calling to Ryde and becoming the only parish priest in the Church of England to commute by hovercraft. It is a joy to be able to see the spire from the end of his road, and he is looking forward to sharing the next part of the road ahead.