Fr Chris became Vicar of St Richard’s Parish Church in May 2017. He was previously
St Margaret's Church, Swinton, South Yorkshire.
He trained for the priesthood at St Stephen's House, Oxford and was ordained to the
priesthood in June 2014
Fr Chris has spent most of his secular career in marketing and communications, which
included senior management positions in a number of high technology companies and
running his own consultancy business in Berkshire; he was born and grew up in the
Fr Chris and Carolyn, have a teenage son, Sam and a Great Dane, Pearl.
Fr Gordon Bond SSC
Although I was born in
Yorkshire, the years
spent out of that County
have eradicated any strong accent.
Having trained at Chichester Theological College, my ministry has been spent very
much south of my homeland and mostly in the Diocese of Chichester.
Before moving to the parish of St Mary , East Grinstead, where I spent a large part
of my priestly ministry, I was Chaplain to Bishop Colin Docker, then Bishop of Horsham.
I enjoyed my time working with Bishop Colin, but always saw my vocation in parish
I enjoyed my time at Saint Mary’s, where, with a strong core of laity, we led a firm
spiritual life in the catholic tradition of the Church of England.
Since retiring early and battling with a few ill-health problems, I have been helping
out in the parish of St Richard. My two hobbies are Travel in Continental Europe
and Modern Foreign Languages. I speak reasonable French, and a little Italian and