It is with great enthusiasm that I have accepted the position of Vicar of All Saints’ Orpington. The Churchwardens have invited me to write some words of introduction. I am a graduate of Yale and I have been a priest for over twenty years. I used to enjoy ice hockey and squash, but prefer running these days to keep fit. Reading is also a passion—philosophy, Ruth Rendell novels and psychoanalytical works, as well as perusing various kinds of maps. I also enjoy playing classical guitar.
I was previously the Vicar of the United Benefice of Milton Regis with Murston, Bapchild and Tonge—a very long name for a newish benefice that covers a geographically large and diverse socio-economic area. During my tenure there, I served as the chaplain to the Sea Cadets, to the Rugby club and at Canterbury cathedral. I have experience leading worship in a variety of settings: a large metropolitan parish with men/boys choirs in Manhattan, a rural mission covering distances of 50 miles between churches and a benefice in suburban Surrey with choirs, praise bands and choral evensong from the Book of Common Prayer. I fall somewhere in the centre of our Anglican tradition.
The sense of belonging to Christ’s family has always resonated very deeply with me, and it inspires me to welcome others in Christ’s name and to rejoice in the fellowship we have with God through him. I am very keen to lead the congregation in prayer and worship, to encourage and support the choir, as well as to expand the already strong Christian education programme. These aspects of our Christian fellowship will strengthen our relationship with God, preparing us for further strategic mission to the wider Orpington community, where new links and creative partnerships can be formed and developed.
My wife Dr Yun Lee Too is BBC (British-born Chinese) and is a Cambridge educated classicist who has taught at Cambridge, Liverpool, Columbia and Royal Holloway. She has published widely on various Greek and Latin topics. Yun Lee has also taught courses and led workshops in various parishes on Christian hospitality, has led scholarly Bible studies; looking at the ancient roots and meanings of words in Biblical texts and has been on a team in the diocese of Canterbury teaching the “Deepening Discipleship” course. She is looking forward to joining in worship at All Saints’ as well as to being closer to the library in the Institute for Classical Studies in London.
We are both foodies who enjoy dinner parties as well as the fine wine that goes with it. Theatre and concerts are also favourite activities.
The Rev’d George M. Rogers