Holy Trinity Church’s incoming rector Dr Richard James returns to his roots in Norwich
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He was once part of a youth group at a Norwich church, and now the Reverend Dr Richard James is returning to the place of worship as its new rector.
Dr James will become the 17th rector of Holy Trinity Church, having previously been the vicar of Christ Church in Cockfosters, north London.
Dr James grew up in Norfolk and joined the church's youth group after becoming a Christian in the mid-1980s.
He said: 'It is very exciting to be coming back to my church roots here in Norwich, but now, over 30 years later, as rector of Holy Trinity.'
After leaving Norwich Dr James trained as a medical doctor, and then prepared for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
He was curate of Christ Church Clifton, before moving to Christ Church.
Dr James and his wife Carole have four children: Anna, who married this summer, Tom and Rebecca, both at university, and Matthew, who will go to school in Norwich.
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Dr James said: 'My wife, Carole, and I are looking forward to living in this beautiful city and discovering opportunities to share the gospel about Jesus among the people of Holy Trinity and the surrounding area.'
Ian Dyble, the rural dean for Norwich south, said: 'It is great to welcome Richard to share in ministry in Norwich and to see what God has in store for us as we work together to live out and share the gospel.'
An installation and celebration service will take place at 6pm on September 3 at the church in Trinity Street, conducted by the Bishop of Norwich, and well-wishers and friends of the church are welcome to attend.