Priest in charge preparing for ‘new adventure’
The congregations at Pocklington All Saints Church and a number of village churches are set to get a new priest in charge later this year.
The Reverend Dr Jake Belder, who is currently an assistant curate at Selby, is hoping to start work across the benefice in mid-September.
Dr Belder is a Canadian who originally came to the UK to co-ordinate a community outreach project at a church in Hull. He then moved to Selby to become an assistant curate.
Born and raised in and around Toronto, Dr Belder moved to the US, where he met his wife Robin.
They then made the decision to come to Hull in 2011,
Dr Belder said: “The appointment was made public earlier this month. However, I’m not sure when I will be starting due to the current coronavirus situation.
“I am hoping to meet the people of Pocklington in September, but it is up in the air at the moment.
“It’s a new adventure, a new opportunity to serve the church in a different way. My post here in Selby was always intended to be a temporary training post, so I knew I would only be here for three or four years.
“We love the Pocklington area, which is growing, and I can’t wait to tap into that once I’m up and running.”
A benefice spokesman said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Jake and his family to the Pocklington Group of churches which includes the villages of Burnby, Great Givendale, Hayton, Huggate, Londesborough, Millington, Nunburnholme, Shiptonthorpe and Warter.”