New Rector for Brechin and Montrose with Bervie
Announcement for St Andrew’s, Brechin and St Mary’s and St Peter’s Montrose with St David’s Inverbervie. Sunday 4th July 2021
The vestries and Bishop Andrew are delighted to announce that the next Rector of St Andrew’s Brechin and St Mary’s & St Peter’s Montrose, with St David’s Inverbervie will be the Reverend Jim Benton-Evans, presently priest in charge of the East End Team in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway.
Jim says: “It is with great delight, joy and excitement that I accept the Vestries’ invitation to become your next Rector. I am honoured and humbled to have been asked to come, and Claire and I are looking forward impatiently to being with you and continuing the wonderful work of building God’s kingdom in this corner of Angus. We will, of course, leave the East End with some sadness and will miss the many friends we have there enormously: but the Holy Spirit moves in irresistible ways and it seems absolutely clear to me that God is calling me to these places and to serve among you.
“At my interview, I told the Vestries of the advice given to me by the then Archdeacon of Bodmin shortly before I began my first incumbency. He said this: “Jim, you’ll find that people want three things from you. They want you to love God; to love the place; and to love them. Hit those three and you cannot go far wrong. Miss any one, and you cannot go far right.” My subsequent experiences, joyous and painful, have proved how right he was. So I promise you that in my ministry here, I will love God, love Brechin, Montrose and Bervie, and love you, to the best of my ability.
“As we prepare to move, to say our goodbyes in Glasgow and to come to you, please could I ask you to pray? Pray for Claire and I; pray for our children Tabitha, Alex and Tobias; pray especially for the congregations of the East End, St Serf’s Shettleston, St John’s Baillieston and St Kentigern’s Dennistoun; and for each other and those who will continue to lead, support and care for you until my institution. I will, of course, be praying for all of you. God bless you all – and see you all very soon.”
Jim will begin this ministry in early October 2021. More details will follow in due course.