LEYLAND St Andrew's Parish Church has a new vicar Reverend David Whitehouse.

The traditional Anglican Institution ceremony was conducted by the Bishop of Blackburn, Right Reverend Julian Henderson and the Assistant Archdeacon of Blackburn, Canon Grant Ashton.

Following the formal installation, Reverend Whitehouse was welcomed to Leyland by fellow church leaders from various denominations within the town, along with the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Harry Hancock

On his appointment, David Whitehouse, aged 49, said: ‘It is a great joy to have been asked to come and serve our Lord Jesus alongside the church family at St Andrew’s. I am so grateful for all the hard work that went into the appointment process.

“My family and I look forward to getting to know everyone and sharing life and ministry in Leyland. We are praying that in the years ahead God will show his kindness to us all by using what we do together to help more and more people get to know Jesus and his love for them.”

Reverend Whitehouse will officially take up his post from September 2019.

Originally from Manchester, he is moving from Southport where he has been the vicar of St Simon’s (St Simon and St Jude with All Souls). He is married to Gaynor and they have three children, Naomi, Lydia and Reuben.

He replaces Canon Reverend David Gibb, who stepped down from his post in December 2018 after 17 years’ successful of ministry and leadership in Leyland.