Our New Vicar

We are delighted to announce that the Rev’d Mark Dearnley has joined St Peter’s as our new Vicar.  

Mark was previously the Rector of Wendover and Area Dean of Wendover in the Oxford Diocese. He has considerable experience and talents in a host of areas which will be a huge asset to the evolving mission at St Peter's.

He is accompanied by his wife Ruth who is a Lay Minister (Reader).  Mark and Ruth have two children; their son has just graduated from university and their daughter is currently studying at university.

The Revd Mark Dearnley was formally instituted as the vicar of St Peter's Church, St Albans on Saturday 10 September 2016 in a special service led by the Bishop of St Albans. The church was packed with well-wishers from St Peter's regular congregation, supporters from Mark's last parish, St Mary's, Wendover, and the wider St Albans community. Mrs Marion Brown, Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, presented Mark on behalf of The Crown and read the letter patent from HM The Queen confirming the new appointment. The formalities continued with the Archdeacon of St Albans leading the vicar to the main west door to receive the keys of the church and then back to toll the church bell as a public sign of the start of his ministry. The story goes that the vicar will stay for the same number of years as the bell tolls! Mark received a formal welcome from the Mayor and representatives of local churches and schools. A convivial reception after the service took place at St Albans High School and Mark welcomed guests from the balcony: "I am excited by the prospect of the new opportunities that St Peter's represents and look forward to getting to know better the church family and St Albans community."

Read more about Mark Dearnley.


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