Our incumbent is
Rev. Sam Mann
and we offer prayers for him, his family and his ministry with us.
Here is the Benefice profile used in the advert he responded to.
His Induction was on 16 July 2023.
A short introduction from Sam before he joined us:
Hello everyone. My name is Sam, and I am delighted to say that I will be your new Vicar. I am married to Aisha, and we have a beautiful eight-month-old daughter – Evangeline. We really are very excited to be joining you when we move to Shrewsbury in the summer.
A little bit about me: I’m currently the Rector of four churches in South Shropshire, was born in the Black Country, grew up on Clee Hill near Ludlow, studied Creative Sound & Music at university, and then read Theology at Oxford while training for ministry at Cuddesdon. My hobbies include music, history, all things sport (did I mention I’m a huge Wolves fan?) and spending time with my family. So, when I’m not in a pew or pulpit, you’re likely to find me enjoying a good cuppa and cake in a café, having a nice stroll through town with Aisha and Evangeline, and yes – sitting in the North Bank at Molineux on a match day.
I feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to serve you as your Vicar, and I can’t wait to get know you more once we have moved and settled in.
And then, following his Collation and Induction:
Sunday 16 July was such a wonderful occasion, and I know many of you worked hard in showcasing what these two churches are about. All week, our family and friends have commented time and again on the beautiful worship, strong sense of fellowship, and generosity they encountered. It really was an amazing day, and it meant so much to me and my family. Thank you.
Thank you also for all that you have done over the last two years. Through pandemic and vacancy, you continued to make the love of Christ known, offering hope and welcome to all who stepped through our doors. I would like to offer particular thanks to the Churchwardens, church officers, PCC members, musicians, retired clergy, and all who gave much time, love, and energy to the ministry of St Chad’s and St Alkmund’s.
I am excited that I can now minister alongside you. Aisha and I have already met some wonderful people over the last few weeks since our move to Shrewsbury, and we can’t wait to get to know more of you (but please do forgive us if we struggle remembering names!) I will be praying Morning Prayer in St Aidan’s chapel every morning at 8 am (except Wednesdays). It will be wonderful to begin each day praying with you, so please do come along if you would like to and have a good natter with me afterwards.
Your friend and priest,