New Bishop’s Chaplain announced

The Bishop of Gloucester has appointed a new chaplain who will take up his role shortly after Easter.

The Revd David Gardiner trained as a priest in the Diocese of Gloucester and many will remember him from his time in the North Cheltenham Team Ministry from 2008 to 2012.

David said: “The move to serving as Bishop Rachel’s Chaplain is an unexpected but exciting opportunity. I look forward to reconnecting with old friends in the Diocese of Gloucester and meeting new ones and to travelling together with people from all walks of life in our shared journey.”

David loves a variety of church traditions, having been brought up in the Church of Scotland, baptised and confirmed in the Church of England and with family members in the Baptist and Roman Catholic churches.

He studied English and Drama at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham and discerned a vocation to ordained ministry while serving for a year as Pastoral Assistant at St Matthew’s, Westminster.

This was followed in 2005 with three years’ ordination training at Westcott House, Cambridge, during which time he married Sarah. 

David has used his drama training in ministry, especially in the production of Passion Plays in Cheltenham and Richmond Upon Thames, where David is currently Acting Team Rector.

He enjoys a mixture of indoor and outdoor hobbies including fly fishing, reading, long-distance walking, modern board games, and film.

Bishop Rachel’s current chaplain, the Revd John Paul Hoskins is due to be licensed as Priest in Charge of the Parish of Winchcombe, Gretton, Sudeley Manor and Stanley Pontlarge on 17 January.

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