The Ministerial Team
There are many people who contribute to our worship and church life at Saint George's. Here we introduce you to some of them.
Background and Family -Revd Richard Frost is 69 yrs of age and has been married to Jill for nearly 46yrs . They have three children and five grandchildren and reside in Bideford , North Devon, England . They spend a lot of time commuting between Devon and Suffolk to visit family near Woodbridge .
Richard holds a B.A. honours degree in Post Compulsory Education and training .
Jill is a former Auxiliary nurse in general and mental health care .
Experience -Richard in his younger years served as a Merchant Navy officer cadet before joining the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in 1970. Formerly an agnostic he came into a faith in his thirties through the sad passing of a colleague .
He was ordained in the Church of England at Exeter Cathedral in 1997 when a serving police officer .
In 2000 after 30yrs in the Police ,Richard went into full time parish ministry initially as Curate and then Vicar. He was responsible for the pastoral care of two churches in the Bideford area of North Devon, namely Northam and Westward Ho! During his tenure he served a 3 month secondment at an Anglican Church in Auckland , New Zealand.
On retirement as Vicar (aged 60) in 2009, Richard became licensed through the Diocese of Europe and the Diocese of Cyprus and Gulf serving 2 years as full time Chaplain responsible for a multi-cultural, Anglican church in Kyrenia - part of an Islamic Community based in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) .
He has also served as a minister in the Chaplaincy’s of Vinaros, Fuengirola and Malaga ( Spain ), Florence and Taormina ( Italy ), Brussels ( Belgium ) and Bordeaux ( France ).
Richard is also licensed to serve through the Missions to Seafarers and has undertaken Chaplaincy duties on a number of Fred Olsen cruise ships and also with P&O. This he has always regarded as a joy and a privilege in adopting an open and inclusive pastoral ministry to passengers and crew regardless of faith or church tradition .
In addition he currently has authority as a PTO ( Permission to officiate at services ) through the Dioceses of Exeter and Suffolk (Ipswich and Edmundsbury ).
Hobbies and interests include five very active and lovely grandchildren ! Spending time with his wife and travel . Enjoying good food and wine .Outdoor activities such as walking in the countryside and along the coastline ( Back permitting!).Listening to a wide range of music with a particular liking for rock, folk and country.
Personal traits -He would describe himself as a team player , ‘people person’ , outgoing , flexible and approachable with an emphasis on pastoral care, prayer , preaching and teaching the word of God .
He has a simple philosophy on life and ministry -‘Actions speak louder than words’, and ‘Treat others the way you would expect to be treated’.Basic human kindness being key .
On a lighter note -if you want to make God laugh,- ‘Show him your plans’!