New Melbourn minister

PUBLISHED: 11:27 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:49 12 May 2010

Pic: Dick Harding

Pic: Dick Harding

MELBOURN Baptist Church has appointed a new minister. The Rev Stuart Clarke, 32, joined the church two weeks ago after being ordained. He said: I m thrilled to be here. For the first three months I want to just be here and listen to the people around me,

MELBOURN Baptist Church has appointed a new minister.

The Rev Stuart Clarke, 32, joined the church two weeks ago after being ordained.

He said: "I'm thrilled to be here. For the first three months I want to just be here and listen to the people around me, and see where the community is at."

Mr Clarke and his family have moved to the area from London, where he attended Spurgeons College.

"It's great to be out in the countryside," he said.

"I'm quite pastoral. I love being around people and being part of a community."

Mr Clarke has moved to the area with his wife Margie and four daughters - twins Zoe and Emily, both five, Abbie, three, and Amy, six months.

Mr Clarke said: "When the Church calls, it calls the whole family, and I made sure they were all included in the process of where God was leading us."

- The village will also be welcoming a new minister to Melbourn United Reformed Church next month.

A ceremony will be held on October 7 for the Rev Duncan Goldie.

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