Christ Church Vicar leaving Harrogate

Ruth Henshall, Rev. Nicholas Henshall, Christine Henshall and Lucy Henshall (110212AMs).
Ruth Henshall, Rev. Nicholas Henshall, Christine Henshall and Lucy Henshall (110212AMs).

Nicholas Henshall, vicar of Christ Church, Harrogate, is to be the next Dean of Chelmsford in Essex.

Nicholas will lead the second smallest cathedral in the country, but with a ministry across the second largest region in the Church of England covering the whole of Essex and the East End of London.

Nicholas said: “I am very excited about this new post at Chelmsford Cathedral, and daunted by the responsibilities.

“The church in Essex and east London is at the cutting edge - developing fresh approaches to mission and ministry and I look forward to leading the cathedral through rapidly changing times.”

He added, “Our time in Harrogate has been one of the happiest periods of my ministry as a priest and our life as a family.

“Christ Church has been a fantastic church to lead, and it is going to be very hard to leave.”

Nicholas’ last Sunday at Christ Church will be January 19, 2014 and he will be installed as Dean at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday, February 2 2014 at 3pm.

Nicholas, 51 came to Harrogate in 2008.

He told the Harrogate Advertiser series: “I feel something has really changed here in Christ Church in a really positive way.”

He leads a thriving church at Christ Church on the Stray, and for the last year has also been acting Archdeacon of Richmond.

Before coming to Harrogate, Nicholas was a parish priest in inner city Newcastle for 14 years.

He was then on the staff of Derby Cathedral for six more years.

Nicholas has a particular background in communication - he was a presenter on BBC Radio Derby for five years and writes regularly for the international Roman Catholic weekly The Tablet.

Nicholas is married to Christine who is an English teacher at Rossett School in Harrogate.

Their three children are all in their first year at university.

Bishop John Packer paid tribute to his work, saying: “Nicholas has done an amazingly good job in his temporary role leading the Richmond archdeaconry as it moves towards its future as the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven.”

Nicholas celebrated his 50th birthday with a barn dance plus supper and a bar.

The party was a fundraiser for Christ Church’s link missionaries in Tanzania.