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Bishop’s Chaplain, Leslie Rogers, will be leaving in January

Revd Leslie Rogers is moving to the Isle of Wight where his partner, John, has been offered a new job.

Leslie will be leaving his posts as the Bishop of Chelmsford's Chaplain and Associate Priest at Ascension with All Saints, Chelmsford, at the end of January 2017.

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, said:

"Although I am very pleased that this door of opportunity has opened for Leslie and John, I am enormously sad to be losing him as my Chaplain. 

"He has brought tremendous wisdom and experience to the post, been a fantastically loyal and helpful colleague, and served the Chelmsford Diocese with great commitment over the past few years. In particular, Leslie's knowledge of safeguarding, his experience as a magistrate and his pastoral heart have enabled the whole diocese to improve its processes in a number of critically important areas.

"There aren't many priests with his blend of gifts and experience. He has also been a great support to me personally. We will miss him hugely."

Leslie commented:

"It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement we leave Chelmsford Diocese.

"I could not have wished for a better experience for my ministry and the fantastic opportunity to work with Bishop Stephen and his staff as Bishop's Chaplain.

"We feel extremely blessed to have shared this journey with so many supportive friends and colleagues."

Picture: Revd Leslie Rogers and Mr John Kempton.