Beeston got a new Vicar last night when the Bishop of Ripon & Leeds conducted a special service at St Mary’s Church.
Revd Lindsey Pearson was previously the Yorkshire Regional Manager of Christian Aid, and closely involved in supporting individuals, churches and communities to bring about change in some of the poorest parts of the world. One of the first things she did as new vicar was to promote Christian Aid week which starts on 12th May.
But she is no stranger to a vicar’s life. Her husband, Andrew, is the vicar of Rothwell, and she herself was a vicar in Seacroft. The clergy couple know South Leeds well as they both lived here when Andrew was Vicar of Hunslet Moor. The two vicars will be living in Beeston Vicarage, with her husband commuting over to Rothwell.
Lindsey’s responsibilities now cover an enlarged area due to the closure of Holy Spirit Church on Tempest Road. There are imaginative plans for the future use of that building. Other church buildings in the parish (one of the largest in South Leeds) include St David’s on Waincliffe Drive, and also Cottingley Church.
Lindsey says she is looking forward to getting involved in Community and Church life, and no doubt she will become a familiar figure around the streets of Beeston!