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Rev Joe Kinsella takes over responsibility for the Benefice of Buckrose Carrs
A NEW vicar is returning to his roots for his first post in the church.
Rev Joe Kinsella, who is originally from Scarborough, has taken over responsibility for the Benefice of Buckrose Carrs.
His role will cover six active and two closed churches including Rillington, Thorpe Bassett, Sherburn, East and West Heslerton, Knapton, Scampston, Yedingham and Wintringham.
Rev Kinsella is married to Susie and the couple have a four-year-old daughter, Hannah, with another baby due next month.
The 34-year-old, who completed in curacy in Hertfordshire, said they had given it considerable thought before deciding to move back to the area.
“We asked ourselves would we still look at it if it was 200 miles from Scarborough and the answer was still ‘yes’,” he said.
“Everything felt right for us and really exciting.”
Rev Kinsella, who takes over from Rev Judy Duke who retired last year, previously spent time living and working in Africa with his wife.
The couple worked on HIV and Aids projects in Zimbabwe – leaving everything behind when they were forced to leave the country quickly during political tensions, and later on health projects in Uganda.
Rev Kinsella said: “We had wonderful and at the same time hard times but it was an incredible life experience.”
After returning to England, Rev Kinsella became a youth worker for St Mary’s Church in Scarborough where he felt a sense of calling.
Encouraged and supported by other people he explored the options and started his training in 2007.
Although he has a big patch to cover, Rev Kinsella said he was not daunted by the task and had already received a warm welcome.
“Everyone has been really lovely and I feel very much at home,” he said.
“Each of the villages is very different and I am looking forward to getting to know their communities and how they tick.”
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