The Right Revd Martin Seeley, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich is delighted to announce that The Revd Andy Williams has been appointed as Associate Minister in the Parish of St Mary with St Peter, Bury St Edmunds, with responsibility for St Peter’s Church.
Andy is presently Assistant Curate of the benefice of Woodbridge St John and Bredfield, where he serves as Community Minister.
The Bishop would like to thank all those involved in the process of Andy’s appointment, and he assures you of his prayers. Please pray for Andy as he prepares for his move.
Andy will be licensed as Assistant Curate and continue his curacy training until 2022; further details in respect of a licensing date will be confirmed in due course.
Andy writes, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the people of St Peter’s, and St Mary’s, as Associate Minister. Michele, my wife, and I are really excited to be moving to Bury. Our eldest daughter, Kerenza, will be able to commute to Ipswich University to continue her degree and our youngest daughter, Niamh will be able to get a bus to Suffolk New College, Rural Campus (Otley). I have been the Youth Pastor at St John’s Church, Woodbridge, for 16 years and also very much involved in adult ministry. There will be challenges ahead as we work out the best way forward for discipleship and ministry during these uncertain times but I am sure we will be able to do this together.”
Phil Hymers, churchwarden of St Peter’s writes, “The eight-person selection panel discerned unanimously that Andy was the right person for the post at St Peter’s. I am delighted by his appointment, initially as Associate Minister, and with an anticipated commencement date which was considered optimistic even before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Simon Harvey, vicar of the parish, writes, “Andy brings tremendous experience from over twenty years in full-time Christian ministry. St Peter’s is going to be blessed by God with Andy’s gifts and commitment to growing disciples. And it’s our pleasure to welcome Michele, Kerenza and Niamh to Bury St Edmunds, where we know that good things lie ahead for us all.”