A new curate will be joining the team at two churches in Abbots Langley and Bedmond, following an unusual journey to Christianity.
Reverend Helen Neville is now the curate for both St Lawrence Church and the Church of the Ascension in Bedmond, working as the assistant vicar to Reverend Dr Peter Waddell.
Helen is a St Albans native, born to a plumber and a homemaker. She was an atheist until she was in her late 20s.
Having veered towards agnosticism, she attended a course at a church in Hitchin, and eventually became a Christian at the age of 29. She was baptised the day after turning 30.
Helen was encouraged to study theology further, and obtained a degree in the subject. She then trained for ordination in Cambridge, and was ordained at St Albans Abbey on July 1.
Outside of being a vicar, Helen enjoys playing the roleplaying game of Dungeons & Dragons, and is a fan of Formula 1 racing and the New York Mets baseball team.
A spokesperson for St Lawrence said: “We are very much looking forward to helping Helen with her training and having her with us for the next three years.”