Reverend and Spiritual Life columnist lays down his pen

PUBLISHED: 17:15 30 January 2018

Saint John the Evangelist, St Johns Road, Ilford - New priest Calvert Prentis

Saint John the Evangelist, St Johns Road, Ilford - New priest Calvert Prentis


A Seven Kings Reverend and Recorder columnist - who has served his community for more than two years - is laying down his pen as he moves on to a new adventure.

Rev Calvert Prentis joined St John’s the Evangelist, in St John’s Road, Seven Kings, in November 2015.

He is now moving to Birmingham to become a Church of England Diocesan Director of Vocation Development - interviewing, nuturing and preparing the clergy of the future.

During his time in Redbridge, he has contributed to the Recorder’s Spiritual Life column.

The Recorder spoke with Rev Prentis about time serving the community, writing for the Recorder and what he will miss.

“My favourite column to write, which came together very quickly, was about the meaining of the Abba song ‘The Winner Takes it All,’” he said.

“It was at the time of the Athletics World Championships when Mo Farah and Usain Bolt failed win gold medals.

“The song reminds you that winning doesn’t always mean being number one.

“You win when you put in hard work, when you contribute and when you give.”

Originally from Leeds, Rev Prentis began his career as a Curate in Coventry in 1990.

Speaking of the challenges he has seen in the borough, he said: “The unemployment seems quite high and life for people here seems quite hard for whichever reasons.”

“But what I do see in Ilford is the church trying to offer a solution to help.”

Reflecting on what he will miss most about working in Seven Kings, he said: “The transport really.”

“Here you can walk everywhere.

“But in Birmingham I imagine I will be driving a lot more.”

As a final message to the those who frequent St John’s, he said: “Keep safe and strong.”

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