A Horsham church welcomed a new vicar last week marked by an official ceremony with the Bishop of Chichester.
On Thursday (April 30) Rev Russell Stagg was licensed as the new priest in charge of the Parish of All Saints Roffey in Horsham by the Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd Martin Warner.
Father Russell joins All Saints Church during exciting times with future plans to build the new parish centre to be able to offer more to the community.
He comes to All Saints from the parish of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, where he was ordained priest in June 2012.
He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Priest in Charge of All Saints, Roffey.
“I am grateful to God for all the exciting opportunities for ministry and mission that lie ahead.
“As the new parish priest in Roffey, I am looking forward to getting to know people in the church and in the community, as well as those in the wider deanery.
“I am also looking forward to the challenging and rewarding times that lie ahead for the church and for the local area.”
He was born and grew up in Belvedere, on the Kent/South East London border. Before his calling to the priesthood he worked in the IT industry in both the healthcare and the education sectors, latterly at the London Metropolitan University where he managed the User and Student Support Department.
Before he was ordained he was a Lay Reader for twelve years, serving in the parishes in the Dioceses of Rochester and Chichester.
In 2008 Father Russell was put forward to train for ordained ministry by Bishop Lindsay Urwin when he was Bishop of Horsham.
His hobbies include theatre and cinema, walking, travel and music.