The Rev Paul Webb was licenced as Vicar of St Martin’s Church, Brighouse, and St John’s Church, Clifton, by the Bishop of Huddersfield, the Rt Rev Jonathan Gibbs, at a service on Sunday, May 3.
Fr Paul said when he heard the Archdeacon of Manchester and the Bishop of Jarrow urging clergy to “Look North” he found himself strongly challenged and that although he did nt know much about the area he was helped out by his good friends Google and Wikipedia.
He was born in Manchester but grew up in East Anglia. He emigrated to South Africa in 1986 and was ordained deacon in Johannesburg in 2002 and priest in 2003.
Prior to that he had a career in telecoms and IT. He was a reservist in the South African Police from 1990 to 1994 and in the Johannesburg Fire and Ambulance Service until 2006.
He also served as a Chaplain to the latter from 1996 to 2003.
Fr Paul came back to England in 2006 to take up the post of Team Vicar in Bury St Edmunds, after which he served as Vicar of East Molesey in Guildford Diocese from 2010 until moving to Brighouse.
He met his wife Agneta, who was working in Sweden as a nurse, while on a pilgrimage to the Taize Community.
Agneta has continued nursing since moving to England, specialising in palliative care. Before nursing she was a full-time musician in the Church of Sweden and is an accomplished pianist and organist.
Paul and Agneta are looking forward to getting to know the people of Brighouse and Clifton and the surrounding area.