The Rector: Father TE Jones SSC
Father Jones comes from an army family and was born, inevitably, in Aldershot. After boarding school in Hampshire and a brief, inglorious spell in the army he trained for the priesthood. He was a curate in a mining town in Staffordshire and a vast council estate in Middlesborough where he worked with Father John Goddard SSC, later Bishop of Burnley, before becoming the Vicar of S. Stephen and All Martyrs Oldham. There followed some years in Birmingham including working as Vicar of the wonderful Anglo-Catholic parish of S. Saviour’s Saltley, then the most dense Muslim community in the UK. In 1997 he was appointed to S. Peter’s London Docks. Where as parish priest and Chairman of Governors of the school he has spent happy and rewarding years. He has been married, for over forty years to Anny a primary School teacher, they have two children, Tim, once a rising civil servant, now medically retired with MS (please give generously to MS charities) and Fr Robin Jones SSC, the parish priest of S. John the Baptist Sevenoaks. There is a small tribe of Grand-children. Fr. Jones has in living memory completed an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College University of London and a Doctoral degree at King’s College London where he wrote a Thesis on Spirituality under the supervision of Professor Oliver Davies, He enjoys, reading history, Church history, Spirituality, Sylvia Plath, has an armchair interest in Archeology, loves opera and was once an energetic hill walker.
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Father Robert was raised in rural Kent but taken the Church at Saint Mary the Virgin, Swanley. Thus came about an early connection with S Peter’s. Father Nixon, Parish Priest at Swanley, had been Curate at S Peter’s and so trained his Servers and young people in very much the London Docks style and Catholic practice!
After studying Chemistry, Father Robert worked in Industrial Research. He subsequently studied Natural Sciences and undertook a research project in Biochemistry. His Education Degree specialised in the Philosophy of Education. He taught Chemistry and Zoology and was a Head of Science Sixth Form and Director of Studies
After Ordination he served his Title at Hythe, on the wealthy Kent “Costa Geriatrica”, which provided both the exhilarating scope of large and motivated congregations as well as much experience in ministering to the housebound, dying and bereaved. He became Rector of Bretherton, Lancashire, in 1983 and while serving in this delightful and historic village, was sequential a School Chaplain, Chaplain for Ministry to a Diocesan Bishop and a Research Officer for the Decade of Evangelisation in the run-up to the Millennium. During this time he also developed an interest in the financial and educational work of the Diocese and greatly enjoyed working on the DAC; treating his developing interest in Church Buildings very much as a hobby!
He has undertaken two Sabbaticals in South Korea, working with particular focus on the ministerial formation of Ordinands at the Seminary of S Michael, now the Anglican University of South Korea. For a number of years he was Vice President of the Korean Mission Partnership and Commissary for the Primate of South Korea
In 1991 he became Rector of Preston and was privileged to be Chaplain to the Guild Mayor of Preston during the Preston Guild Merchant of 1992; an eight-hundred year old celebration of the City’s Charter to which many thousands of Prestonians return to the City from across the world. The Minster Church, founded in 670AD, a focal point of the grandeur. The sister Church of Saint George the Martyr, Preston, is the Anglo-Catholic shrine of West Lancashire and its worship and unusual “Victorian Florentine” architecture make it “Preston’s Hidden Gem”. He was made a Canon of Blackburn Cathedral in 1993
A long-standing member of the Society of Mary, Father Robert has taken it as a great privilege and honour to be Superior-General of that Society since 2000
Father Robert became Archdeacon of Lancaster in 1997 and in 1999 was Consecrated Bishop of Whitby at York Minister by Archbishop David Hope. During his time in North Yorkshire he served the parishes of the Cleveland Archdeaconry and also the Resolution Parishes throughout the York Diocese. His role also included that of Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Education and Chairman of the York Forum of Racial Concerns. He kept up his close interest in education through his chairmanship of Archbishop Holgate’s School; a high-achieving, comprehensive CE School
In post-retirement he has been privileged to serve in the Parish of S Mary and Christ Church, Hendon and as Provost of the Eastern Region and London within the Woodard Corporation – a “family” of Anglican School founded 200 years ago by Father Nathanial Woodard
Father Robert and Roberta – also a Chemist – they met “over the test tubes” – have been married for just over 50 years. They have three adult Sons, three delightful Daughters-in-Law and four adored Grandchildren. His interests include cooking, his family, growing bonsai, oriental art and opera – especially that of Wagner
Being invited to become a part of Saint Peter’s London Docks is to him a crowning privilege
Hon Assistant Curate
Bishop Robert Ladds SSC
S. Peter’s Mission House
Mr David Watson C/O The Clergy House
Mrs Michelle Gay C/O The Clergy House