HUDDERSFIELD has a new vicar.
The Rev Simon Moor has been named as successor to Canon Catherine Ogle, who took over as Dean of Birmingham last July.
The married father-of-two will take up his post at St Peter’s Church on Byram Street later this year.
Mr Moor, 45, said yesterday: “There will be a lot of new challenges and new experiences for me.
“St Peter’s is a civic church which has links to businesses, the community and the university.”
Mr Moor will move to Huddersfield in July when his daughter Jessie, 15, has finished her GCSEs. His wife Caroline, 41, and 13-year-old son Peter will also join him in the town.
Mr Moor was brought up in the mining village of Creswell in Derbyshire and was ordained in 1993.
He served three years as curate of Skegness and two years in Airedale and Castleford.
Mr Moor has been the Vicar of Hoylandswaine and Silkstone with Stainborough since 1998.
He advises the Bishop of Wakefield on ecumenical matters.
Mr Moor said he has no radical plans when he moves to Huddersfield from South Yorkshire.
“I will wait and see what happens,” he said. “I am a parish priest first and foremost.
“I think in the first 12 months I will be getting to know people. I’m not coming to make any great changes.”
Mr Moor explained how he was appointed to the position.
He said: “This particular post was advertised in the church press and on the diocese website, and I applied. Then there was an application, shortlist and interview process like any other high-profile job.”
Mr Moor’s induction service will take place at St Peter’s on July 20.