The ordination of three new curates for Rugby churches took place at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday.
They are Steve Gold, Charles Higgins and Emma Jamieson.
The Rev Margaret Simmons, of St John the Baptist Church, Hillmorton, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Steve, Emma and Charles to our churches in Rugby.
“Steve has already been working with St John’s during his training, and making a great contribution to our church and community. Charles and Emma are moving to Rugby, getting married, and starting their new jobs all within a few weeks!”
Steve and his wife April grew up in Sheffield, have lived in Rugby for the last 22 years and have two children. Prior to training for ordination at St Mellitus college in London Steve held a range of senior management and technology roles in BT.
Steve became a Christian at Christ Church Brownsover in Rugby and was baptised six years ago after a lifetime of determined and stubborn atheism.
Charles is to be a deacon at St Matthew’s and St Oswald’s Church in Rugby, after completing his training at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. Charles is moving to Rugby not only with ordination on the horizon but also getting married to Emma, who will also be serving her curacy at St Matthew’s and St Oswald’s.
Charles grew up in Camberley in Surrey, where he was involved in the local Church from a very young age and studies Theology in Exeter and moving to Cambridge.
Charles is excited about joining a new community in Rugby and discovering what is ahead for him and Emma in life and ministry
Emma is to be a deacon at St Matthew’s and St Oswald’s Church, Rugby after completing her training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
Originally from south Manchester, Emma spent five years living in Edinburgh where she studied Divinity and worked for a church coordinating the student ministry.
She met Charles at Ridley and two weeks after their ordination as deacons they will be married in Edinburgh.