The new Vicar of Christ Church and St. John’s in Radlett said he’s “delighted” to be serving the community.
Reverend Oliver Blease has followed a unique path to his new role. He gained a degree in law before moving to Melbourne, Australia, where he worked for the Department of Justice on matters relating to legal aid, and as a legal researcher in a variety of interesting civil and criminal cases
He later worked for a government minister responsible for prisons, crime prevention, and anti-corruption.
The Reverend explained: “During this time, I worshipped regularly at a parish church in the city and was challenged by the Vicar to consider the possibility of ordained ministry in the Church.
“I said ‘no way!’ and, for a time, that was that. But God has a way of going before us and when I returned to the UK, I agreed to explore this calling more earnestly.
“I trained for the priesthood at Oxford and was ordained at Salisbury Cathedral. I come to Radlett having most recently served the parish of St. Bartholomew & All Saints, Royal Wootton Bassett.
“I am married to Mariama, also a priest, and who works full-time as Head of Education at a City Livery Company and part-time as curate with a church in London.
“We have been very blessed by the kindness of parishioners and members of the congregation since arriving, and there is much to give thanks for here in Radlett.
“The community have kept so much going during the pandemic and it is a privilege to serve and to lead this new chapter in the life of these churches.
“We pray that this will be one of welcome to all; nourishment in the scriptures and the sacraments; celebration, lament, and faithful witness; and above all, trust in God for all things.
“Exciting things are happening at Christ Church and St. John’s – come and see!”