St Michaels appoints a new vicar

St. Michael and All Angels Parish Church are delighted to announce the appointment of Revd Calum Piper as their new permanent vicar.

Calum has been supporting the parish since July 2017 as Interim Minister but from January will take on the permanent role of vicar, which will include living in Bramhall.

Speaking about his appointment Calum said: “Having worked within the community of Bramhall for the last 18 months it’s an absolute delight to be appointed the next vicar of St. Michaels. Bramhall village is one of the most connected and friendly communities I have ever been involved with and I am thoroughly looking forward to moving into Bramhall and rooting myself within the community as a resident.”

“It’s no secret that St. Michaels hasn’t had the easiest of times recently but what I have seen as I have worked with the church is a commitment to be a place that creates a community that is for everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from. I am thankful to Fr David Stoter, Canon Bob Reid and Fr David Parker for their ministry to St. Michaels before I arrived.”

“I am passionate about building and shaping community centred on Christian values. The last few months has seen St. Michaels develop our church life by launching a new gathering once a month on a Sunday afternoon. Knowing that I will be staying in Bramhall means we can press ahead with Festival 2020 a successor of The Narnia Festival, as well as looking at how we, as the Parish Church, can best serve the wider community in years to come.”

Louise Richardson, who has been churchwarden at St. Michaels since 2015, said about the new appointment: “I am absolutely delighted that Calum has been appointed as our new vicar. It has been a privilege to work alongside him for the last 18 months as we develop our Christian ministry here in Bramhall and to get to know both him and his wife Jess. I look forward to the start of a new chapter for St Michaels with great enthusiasm.”

David Walker, churchwarden since 2017 commented: “It has been a pleasure to work alongside Calum for the past 18 months. It is my pleasure and privilege to offer Calum and Jess my support as he becomes our new Vicar. I know he will continue to be a great asset to St Michaels and to the wider community of Bramhall. A new era dawns and I am looking forward to it with delight.”

Calum is originally from Hampshire but moved to Chester to study Theology at University and was ordained in 2014. Before moving to Bramhall, he worked on the Wirral. Calum is married to Jess who is Curate at St. Marys in Bowdon. They both enjoy walking in the countryside, socialising with friends and family and Calum also enjoys running and cycling.