A New Vicar!!

We are excited to welcome our new vicar Revd Nikki Bates and her husband Tony to St Mark's.

Nikki moved to the area from the Diocese of Lincoln and was be licensed as vicar of Bestwood Rise Park, Emmanuel and St Mark's,  on 18 December.

A little bit of information about Nikki and Tony ... 

Nikki grew up in Oxfordshire, moved to Lincolnshire with her parents in the 1980’s where she met and married Tony. She had a small hairdressing business, Tony was a factory manager. For many years they “worked to travel” and have visited some of the wonders of the world.  Nikki came to faith aged 39 on an Alpha Course, trained for Ordination 6 years later at Trinity College Bristol and served her Curacy in The Coastal Cluster of Parishes - a 10 mile stretch of the A52 between Boston and Skegness.  In 2014 she was licensed as Associate Vicar at St Georges Stamford with responsibility for Christ Church Stamford, the following year was inducted as the Vicar of Christ Church Stamford.


Tony has been at her side in ministry for the past 15 years, he gave up his work when they went to Bristol; God has blessed them as Tony has volunteered his time and talents.


Earlier this year they sensed God calling them to Bestwood,  they trust that God has great things in store and are looking forward to getting to know you all and working together to grow disciples wider, younger and deeper.

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