New rector for Fakenham and Fulmodeston
The Rev Tracy Jessop will take up the post of rector at Fakenham parish church in a few months, taking over from rector Francis Mason who left the role last July. She will also be priest in charge at Christ Church, Fulmodeston.
Rev Jessop, a former Norfolk council officer, will be making history as she becomes the first female rector at the market town's church.
She said: “I am humbled and thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve as rector of Fakenham and priest in charge of Fulmodeston, pictured above. This is an exciting opportunity to serve in a popular market town that supports a thriving community as well as enjoy a rural church that is the heart and hub of the village. I look forward to working together with the church leaders and congregations in mission and ministry in these parishes.”
Born in London, the Rev Jessop had a career of almost 30 years in local government, first in London and Essex, and then in Norfolk from 2002. She trained part-time for ministry with The Eastern Region Ministry Course whilst continuing to work in a senior leadership role for Norfolk County Council.
She was ordained in 2019 and served in curacy posts across Wroxham, Hoveton, Tunstead and Belaugh before joining the Aylsham and District Team in September 2020. Since last summer, she has cared for the Bure Valley churches of Buxton, Lammas, Marsham, Brampton, Burgh and Oxnead.
The Rev Jessop will be instituted and installed at Fakenham Parish Church by The Rt Rev Dr Jane Steen, Bishop of Lynn later in the summer, on a date to be arranged.
For the full story, with more pictures, visit the Fakenham Times, where this story first appeared.
The picture of Fulmodeston church above is courtesy of Simon Knott at norfolkchurches.co.uk.
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