Trimley St Mary: All revved up! Husband and wife both working in the Church
IT is said that two heads are better than one.
And one husband and wife team from Trimley St Mary are proving the old saying true – after the Reverend of Trimley’s husband joined the Church of England as a curate.
David White, 57, has now taken up his role as priest of St John the Baptist Church in Felixstowe after he became licensed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral earlier this month.
Mr White, who used to work at Suffolk County Council, was the organist at St Mary’s Church in Walton for 30 years before he decided to take on his studies to join the Church of England.
“It has been quite the journey and it’s a wonderful opportunity,” he said.
“I felt that I needed to do something new.
“When you get a challenge from God like that it’s not exactly words that are put in front of you.
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“It was a nagging feeling that I needed to be doing something and be with people in a different way.”
David married the Reverend Val White, who is affectionately known as the Vicar of Tribley – a play on the name of the BBC comedy starring Dawn French – nearly three years ago and she has been ordained for the last ten years.
She added: “It is absolutely wonderful and it was a real proud moment to be at the cathedral with him. Going through David’s training with him and talking about his assignments has been really useful as well.”
The couple are both heavily involved in their communities with David learning the trade from Reverend Robert Hinsley in Felixstowe.
Mr White had ideas of joining the church when he was a teenager and he believes both him and Val being involved has helped them to improve their work.
He added: “We have our particular strengths I think.
“You have to talk about things in this sort of work and we have the joys of being married and having a similar line of work.”
David was licensed at the cathedral on July 1 after three years of training.
He will now take on three years of on-the-job training at St John’s Church.