Revd John Durant [retiring January 2024]

I have enjoyed serving the Lord in Grove and the other parishes of the Vale Benefice since April 2013. 😊

I have loved the Lord Jesus all my life and realised I wanted to follow him since I was 10! ✞

I was ordained in 1980, and my previous jobs as a clergyman have been in West Norwood, London; Morden, Surrey and Rochester, Kent, before becoming an Army Chaplain. ✞

God has blessed me with a lovely wife, and we recently celebrated our Ruby wedding. We have seven wonderful children and 12 delightful grandchildren.  😊

Associate Vicar Alec Gill

We moved to the Vale Benefice as a family in 2016, following my curacy in Thatcham. Before becoming a vicar, I spent ten years moving around South England doing Church youth ministry.

I have been involved in the church all my life; I became a Christian when I was 12 on my staircase, I accidentally became the leader of the Christian Union at University and have been a leader on a Christian residential holiday since 1999.

I am married with four children and one cat! 🐈