Two West Norfolk priests who trained together will take up new appointments in the Norfolk Diocese later this summer.
Rev Julie Boyd, who is currently serving as a curate in the Dersingham group of parishes, has been appointed as the new rector at St Faith’s in Gaywood.
And Rev Zoe Ferguson, who is serving her curacy at St Faith’s, has been appointed as the priest-in-charge of the Mundford and West Tofts Benefice with an assistant curacy in the Hilborough and Oxborough groups.
The appointment of a new rector and Rev Ferguson’s move from the parish will mean St Faith’s will have a complete new Anglican clergy team leading the parish.
Rev Andrew Maguire will continue in his role as Methodist Minister at St Faith’s.
Coming to Gaywood will not be an entirely new experience for Rev Boyd, who replaces Rev Canon Beryl Wood, after spening a month in the parish on placement in November 2014.
Rev Boyd, who is married to Matthew with two grown-up children, Harriet and Andrew, said: “When I came to St Faith’s for a month’s placement I had no idea that I was in fact spending time getting to know the people and places of the parish of my future ministry. It is quite extraordinary.”
She will come to Gaywood with a wide experience of secular work including working for IBM as a software engineer and being a self-employed artist followed by leadership roles within the care agencies.
Rev Ferguson came to Gaywood after two years in the Trunch group on the North Norfolk coast.
She said: “I am delighted to leave my church family of St Faith and community of Gaywood in such wonderful hands.”
She said she was looking forward to facing the challenges and new experiences that lie ahead of her in her move to Mundford and its neighbouring parishes.
St Faith’s churchwarden Richard Parr and Methodist senior steward Joan Greening said the church community were looking forward to Rev Boyd beginning her role at Gaywood.
They added Rev Ferguson would be sorely missed for her vibrant and lively style.