Wanstead Rector welcomed to the parish

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 September 2016

Rev Dr Jack Dunn at his Wanstead church

Rev Dr Jack Dunn at his Wanstead church


When Jack Dunn was 11-years-old, he heard God calling him to join the priesthood.

More than 20 years later, he decided it was time to heed the call.

On September 11, the 38-year-old held his first service as the new Rector of Wanstead, at Christ Church, in Overton Drive, Wanstead.

He said: “It was very good, the congregation was very kind to me.

After being called by God when he was 11, the Rev says he spent 20 years “running from it.”

He said: “I never felt very religious. I always thought there were other people better at it.

After completing a history degree at Durham University, and a PHD in Irish history at University of Oxford, Rev Dunn started working at J.P Morgan.

He said: “I really enjoyed it.

“I was surrounded by smart, passionate people, and I learnt a great deal.

“I was still going to church a lot.”

When he was 30, Revd Dunn applied to become a priest.

He said: “I realised this inner calling wasn’t going away.”

After he was accepted, the priest-in-training returned to his old stomping ground Oxford.

During this time, Rev Dunn visited prisoners, mainly sex offenders, in Wandsworth Prison.

He said: “People in there are just like you and I.

“They made bad choices on limited options.”

After finishing his training in Chelsea, the newly qualified priest took his first role at St Andrew’s in Leytonstone.

Now as he steps in to his new role, the 38-year-old says he is excited.

He said: “I can’t wait.

“I remind myself every day that my role is to go out into the forgotten corners of the world, and bring them back in to the church.

“I want to bring the church onto the high street and the high street into the church.”

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