New Vicar for St John’s, Egham

The Bishop of Guildford is pleased to announce that he will be appointing the Revd Esther Prior as interim priest-in-charge of Egham and Vicar-designate. The date of Esther’s licensing will follow shortly. Please pray for Esther and her family as they prepare for their move to Egham from St John’s Cove.

Please find a message from Esther to the congregation at St John’s, Egham below:

May I begin by saying how thrilled I am to accept this call to be your Vicar. There were sounds of rejoicing in the Prior household when Bishop Andrew made the call! I am really looking forward to discovering, together with you, what God wants to do in and through us all in the months and years ahead. I think we are going to enjoy a wonderful faith adventure together and to say I am excited is understating it somewhat!

By way of introduction, I grew up in Zimbabwe, came to faith in a church where my love for the local church was birthed and where my ministry began. I am married to Matt (also ordained) and we have two beautiful children – Micah, who is 11 and Sophia who is 8 and a half. Please pray for us as we help our children with the transition and especially for school places – Micah will be starting secondary school in September.

I am currently the Team Vicar of another St John’s Church in the Parish of Cove in this diocese.  I’ve loved serving the wonderful Christian community there for 7 years. Please pray for them as they receive the news that we are moving on today.

Since ordination in 2003, I have been a non stipendiary Curate in Bristol, a job-share Curate alongside Matt in South East London and have been a vicar’s wife while working as a Secondary School Chaplain and Prison Chaplain in Rochester. In my time in this diocese, I have enjoyed mentoring younger leaders, chairing our Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship and serving on the CPAS Patronage Board

We are about to enter a strange couple of months as we prepare to leave Cove and as momentum builds up to our move to Egham. I was encouraged to note that the two churches, by sheer God-incidence, share the same Bible verse for the year – the prayer that we may be rooted and established in love. Can we commit, over the next few months, to pray this for one another?

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

And pray too that as we are rooted more and more in His love, He would prepare our hearts for you and your hearts for us; so that when our gospel partnership begins in earnest, we will find we are already bound by deep bonds of love.

Our daughter, Sophia, speaks for us as a family when she says: ‘I am really looking forward to making new friends, learning more about Jesus and you (mummy) helping our new church family tell people about Jesus in Egham.’

Yours in joyful anticipation,


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