Vice-Principal Simon Vibert will bid farewell to Wycliffe in autumn 2017

 |  31st May 2017

The Revd Dr Simon Vibert, Vice Principal and Director of the School of Preaching 

will be leaving Wycliffe in autumn 2017 to become Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water

Simon writes, 'After ten years at Wycliffe Hall the time has come to move on.

I have accepted the post as Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, with a view to starting in the autumn this year.

We have been impressed with the faithful work in the parish over many decades. The congregation has quite an international flavour, partly because of its close proximity to Heathrow Airport and being nestled between the M3, M4 and M25 motorways. The famous Wentwoth golf course is in the parish and some impressive gated communities. But, like any parish, there is quite a mix of people and this is reflected in the congregation.

They were looking for a leader, a preacher, a pastor, and someone who will bring strategic direction to the Church.

This is a challenge which Carrie and I relish, and under God, we look optimistically and in humility to the future.

Leaving Wycliffe Hall will be a mixture of sadness and joy. We will miss great colleagues, the strategical ministry and location of the Hall, and an important interface between academic theology and ministry and mission, to name but a few. But we are ready for this next stage in life and ministry. Please be assured of our prayers for Wycliffe Hall’s future, and our ongoing support and friendship.'

Principal Michael Lloyd said in response, 'Simon has made a vast contribution to the life of the Hall and the ministerial formation of students. We so appreciate the huge amount that he has done for Wycliffe, his integrity, godliness, passion – and simply how much fun it has been working with him. He goes to his new ministry with our thanks, with our prayers and with our love.'