THE new vicar for the combined benefice of St Peter’s, Lynchmere, and St Paul’s, Camelsdale, has been licensed in a service at St Peter’s.
David Talks and his wife Rosalind have moved into the vicarage at Camelsdale from Colchester where a series of events had conspired to keep him as curate for over four years.
This is his first parish and the couple are looking forward to it.
Before he trained for the ministry, Mr Talks worked for GEC as a research scientist.
He has always been a believer and had trained as a licensed lay minister but was adamant that he would never be a clergyman.
But a ‘dramatic call’ made him change his mind and he went to Bristol to study theology, a very different subject from his first degree from Cambridge which had been in Natural Sciences.
But as a Christian and a scientist he is delighted to talk with anyone about that, and how to maintain a robust and lively faith in Christ while engaging with the realities of science and the nature of the universe.
However, he says his first year in his new post will be spent listening to his parishioners.