The Reverend Prebendary David North
I was born on VE Day in 1945 in the East Riding of Yorkshire. In the early 1950s my family moved to Carshalton in Surrey. At the age of eight I went away to boarding school until I was sixteen, when I then attended a college of commerce for two years to gain further qualifications.
My first full-time employment were with the Nestlé Company at their head office in Croydon and subsequently as a Probation Officer.
In 1970 I was selected by the Church of England to train for the Priesthood. On completing the course at both Lichfield Theological College and Queen’s College, Birmingham I was ordained in 1973 in Blackburn cathedral, in Lancashire. My first parish was just north of Blackburn in the Ribble valley.
In 1976 I was appointed Senior Curate to a very large parish in Blackpool, where I ministered to many people in the entertainment business.
In the spring of 1979 I became vicar of a parish just south of Preston. When I was appointed the population was 7,500 and when I left eight and a half years later the population had reached over 13,000 and was still growing.
Thirty years ago I moved to Shropshire – a decision I have never regretted. I was appointed Rector of Whittington and then in 1996 as Priest-in-Charge of West Felton with Haughton, I served within the two parishes until I retired from the full-time ministry in 2010. My years in these two parishes were very fulfilling with a ministry of growth and many friendships made.
From 2002 until 2009 I was Rural Dean of the Oswestry Deanery and in 2007 the Bishop of Lichfield appointed me a Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral.
During my ministry I have been very much involved with education, serving as Chairman of Governors of four primary schools and a Governor of two comprehensive schools and a grammar school. Whilst serving in the parishes of Whittington and West Felton with Haughton, I was Chairman of Governors at Whittington C of E aided primary school for twenty years and as a Governor of the Derwen College, a college for the the physically disabled and hard of learning. I was also their independent counsellor for fifteen years.
In retirement I still lead an active ministry and look forward to my year in office as the Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Shropshire.