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James Holden

  On Sunday, 3rd July, five new deacons are to be ordained at Coventry Cathedral, including our own James Holden.  He is to be deacon at Claverdon with Preston Bagot and Wootton Wawen.  Well known to all three parishes, James has been a Reader for many years and has undertaken a course of study and training whilst still maintaining his role as Managing Director of Leader Communications, a PR firm started by his father.  Following his ordination as a self-supporting deacon, he will continue to work in the business. James' ministry will be different from most deacons, in that not only will he be supporting the parishes with ministry, he will also be working closely with Bishop Christopher in a new role which will see the Diocese reaching out to the business world. 

 James is married to Laura, he has three children, three step-children and three step-grandchildren.  Oh, and don't let's forget another member of the family, a Springer Spaniel called Duncan.  Readers of Claverdon and Preston Bagot's Parish News will also know that James is a keen birder, and writes a monthly article called "The Monthly Hmmm" which often lays bare both his bird and spiritual life.

 The Parishes are absolutely delighted to be going to support James at his ordination service at our Cathedral on 3rd July, so there will be no service in the three parishes on that day.



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