One man’s epiphany on the streets of London sparked a journey of faith which has culminated with him taking up a prestigious posting with the church in Ryedale.
Rev Chris Wingfield was instituted as Rector for ten churches north of Stamford Bridge during a ceremony at St Botolph’s Church led by The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, last week.
Originally from Kent, he worked in banking and finance before his calling to become a priest.
“I started my career in international banking and recruitment, but a calling to the ministry led me on a different path into the Church of England,” said Rev Wingfield.
“I was walking to work in London one morning, having said my morning prayers, when I saw a priest walking past the Bank of England opposite. I said to God – ‘seriously, don’t tell me you want me to be a priest?’ and there in the back of my head came a physical jolt with the word ‘yes’, and the rest is history.”
Rev Wingfield, who trained at Ripon College Cuddesdon and was ordained in 1995, is now the Rector of Bossall, Buttercrambe, Crambe, Flaxton, Foston, Gate Helmsley, Howsham, Sand Hutton, Upper Helmsley and Whitwell. He is married to Thelma, his wife of 30 years, and has two grown-up sons and a golden retriever, Alfie.