Great News! It is my great pleasure to announce that the Reverend Graham Whiting has agreed to join us as our new vicar at St. Andrew’s church. The official installation and licensing by the Bishop of Southampton will take place on August the twentieth at 7.30pm – all are welcome to join us in the church for the service.
Farther Graham and his wife Charyl will be moving into the vicarage and will be joined by their daughters Lisa and Ali,when they come down from university.
Graham originally studied Politics and Social Administration at Bristol University and held various short term appointments prior to gaining his wide experience of the priesthood; 27 years so far. Ordained in 1986 he has held positions at St Nicholas, Brighton; St Andrew’s, Worthy; St Luke’s, Seaford; St Clements, Boscombe and is currently Priest in Charge of All Saints, Findon Valley, Worthing where he has been for the last 12 years. Charyl, a teacher, is the daughter of American missionary parents, born in Haiti. Ali (short for Alison) is the elder daughter and is in her 3rd year at Magdalene College, Cambridge, studying Architecture. The younger daughter, Lisa, is in her first year at Durham studying philosophy. They will both be at the vicarage this summer as too will be the family golden retriever, Cari, who is almost 12 years old.
Graham comes from and has practiced the traditional Anglo-Catholic form of service, but in 2006 he addressed the problem of those wanting a different form of service by starting, with Charyl and some young people, a monthly non-Eucharistic service called jump, an acronym meaning Joyful, Unrestrained, Magnificent Praise to which 40 children attended. Graham has also been involved with both junior and senior schools.
There were 7 applicants, 3 were short listed and 2 interviewed by Dr Ralph Townsend, Headmaster, Winchester College; The Venerable Rev. Dr Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth; Rev. Canon Peter Vargeson, Rural Dean and the undersigned – our PCC representatives.
Prof Grant E Hearn
and Pat Stephens (Church Warden)