United Benefice of Leatherhead and Mickleham - Rev Graham Osborne

Induction Service and photos

from the Parish News Sheet for Sunday 30 August 2009

Revd Graham Osborne
as Vicar* of the United Benefice of
Leatherhead and Mickleham
This will be held on
Wednesday 18 November at 7.30pm at
St Mary & St Nicholas, Leatherhead

*now entitled Rector

from the August 2009 Parish of Leatherhead magazine


After the lengthy process of compiling the Parish Profile and Statement of Needs, which the Bishop told us was the best he has seen for a long time, sorting out the CVs and shortlisting and interviewing four candidates, we are relieved that the person unanimously chosen by a panel of seven has agreed to become our new Parish Priest: The Revd Graham Osborne.

After a 25-year commercial career spanning Insurance, IT and management consultancy specialising in organisational change management, Graham spent two years training for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He served his curacy in Cirencester, including a six-month vacancy, and is currently Vicar of St Catharine's, Gloucester.

Revd Graham Osborne

He served for five years as Rural Dean of Gloucester City Deanery during which time he led the Deanery Mission Action Planning process to develop a strategy and plan for the City Deanery.

He is planning to undertake an MPhil on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Christian Leadership, building on the paper he wrote during his recent sabbatical leave. His interests include sport, reading, music and computing.

Graham is married to Nicky and they have three children - Holly (24) is a Primary school teacher about to move to a school in Truro after two years teaching in Northampton; Luke (20) is about to go up to Leeds University to read Theatre and Performance following a Foundation Course at the Oxford School of Drama and time spent working, performing and directing in Oxford and Cheltenham; Bethany (19) is the Credit Controller of a telesales company in Cheltenham.

The start date is subject to negotiation but it is hoped that Graham will be with us in the second half of October.

Churchwarden Navin Mehta writes: Graham came over as a wise and mature priest able to operate in a variety of contexts. In answer to our statement of needs question about supporting the existing traditional services alongside the continuing development of contemporary worship styles, he said his philosophy was "as well as, not instead of".

During his time at St Catharine's he has found and appointed three Directors of Music: one has gone to become an Organ Scholar, the second was drawn towards more informal worship styles of music, and the current one combines classical training as an organist and choir mistress. He will strive to find someone for Leatherhead. So we hope and pray that Revd Graham Osborne will be the right person for us here with the following qualities:

What should a priest be?
All things to all
Male, female and genderless
What should a priest be?
With wise head and maturity
Reverent and relaxed
Vibrant in youth
Assured through middle ages
Divine sage when ageing
What should a priest be?
Accessible and incorruptible Abstemious (not very!), yet full of celebration
Informed but not threateningly so
And far above the passing souffle of fashion
What should a priest be?

Navin Mehta has recently returned from a short holiday in Northern Ireland, where he visited Londonderry. He writes: The rumblings of dissension are still there as well as some mesh "walls" to keep the factions apart. However, walking in the shopping malls one would not notice whether those around us were Catholics or Protestants. Feelings run much deeper and have their roots in political ideals of long ago, not just the religious ones of today.

It has seemed that the interregnum has made us think of what each of us wants from our Church. We must focus on being part of a family where we each have a role to play. We look forward to working with our new incumbent to lead us on. It is good that we have ideas of change that will take us into the next phase of our religious path. We must, however, look forward and make change with thought and consideration for others and not be blinkered into thinking that our own way is the best. We do not want walls of any kind to divide those whose modern views might clash with those whose ideals are more traditional and contemplative.

We are one family and we look forward to having a new head of this family to take leadership that has been in this town for over one thousand years. We are but one chapter in the life of this parish. The Churchwardens

The editor adds: According to published information this is Graham Osborne's profile which adds a little to what is in the August parish magazine:
Graham Daking Osborne, born 1951: City University: Associate Chartered Insurance Institute 1974, Fellow 1977: Cuddesdon College 1994, Deaconed 1996, Priested 1997: Curate Cirencester, Diocese of Gloucester 1996-2000: Vicar of St Catharines, Diocese of Gloucester 2000-: Area Dean, Gloucester City from 2003.


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