New vicar wants church to connect with students

A new life beckons for the Revd Tom Gillum – who has been acting Bishop’s Chaplain for the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham for the past six months.

He will be licensed as the vicar of St Mary the Virgin in the Lace Market, Nottingham on Sunday 18th March at 4pm by the Rt Revd Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham.

He says: “My wife Joanna and I moved to Southwell last summer. Neither of us knew Nottinghamshire but we quickly have grown to love it. As Bishop Paul’s Chaplain I’ve got out and about quite a bit and met lots of people, which has been a great introduction.

“We moved up from Isleworth where I’d been vicar since 2011. We brought up our family in West London. We now have three grandchildren. Making our home in Nottingham and introducing our family to it will be great – although one of our sons met his wife at university here.

“St Mary’s is a very exciting challenge and I feel fortunate to be its latest vicar (the first was in 1086.) Nottingham is an amazingly vibrant city. With over 50,000 students I intend to make a priority of the church connecting with that age group. Befriending people on the edges of the city and growing together in prayer to me are central to being a Christian. Nurturing a culture of grace is the Vicar’s first task so I plan to focus a lot on all that God has done in sending Jesus to us.”