Appointment of New Rector
The Governors of Wimborne Minster are pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Andrew Rowland as the next Rector of Wimborne Minster and the Northern Villages. He is currently Vicar of West Moors and Rural Dean of Wimborne in the Diocese of Salisbury.
Andrew’s early career took him to The Lebanon in the late 1970’s from where he travelled Arabia (he speaks Arabic). Returning home in 1983 from several years in Nigeria, he progressed to Managing Director of a privately-owned group of local companies principally involved in the manufacturing of ventilation systems, light engineering, electronics and prefabricated sectional buildings.
After taking a Degree in Theology at Southampton and Surrey University Andrew was ordained in Salisbury Cathedral as Deacon in 2001 and Priest in 2002. He served his Curacy at Verwood before being appointed Vicar of West Moors in 2005. He was appointed to the additional position of Rural Dean of Wimborne in 2016.
Andrew is married to Zahra (and they have three adult children, John, Christopher and Hannah and four grandsons). They enjoy a wide range of hobbies and interests, including gardening, cuisine and ‘planes and trains’ – Andrew is a member of Wimborne Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway Societies. He has walked to Canterbury in Pilgrimage and five hundred miles of the South West Coast Path. He has been a chaplain to the Dorset Police and to The Great Dorset Steam Fair since 2006.
He is Chairman of the ‘Coach in the Community’ youth support charity – the coach is seen in Wimborne town square on Friday nights. He used to part manage and referee for youth football teams. He has been very involved in education as a schools Governor since 1989.
Andrew said on the announcement of his appointment “I am delighted and humbled to have been offered the post of Rector of Wimborne Minster and the Northern Villages Benefice. Zahra and I are very much looking forward to moving to Wimborne in the summer. We send our greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ and thank you for all who have prayed for, and worked towards this appointment. We assure you of our goodwill and prayers for you all, and ask you to pray for us too. Our intention is to pray, serve and grow - together, for the sake of proclaiming the Gospel and furthering the Kingdom of God.
Andrew will be inducted at The Minster on Wednesday 5th September..