Update on new Vicar

Announcement for the parish of St Michael’s Cofton Hackett and St Andrew’s Barnt Green

The Bishop of Birmingham is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Andrew Hobbs as the new incumbent of the parish of St Michael’s Cofton Hackett and St Andrew’s Barnt Green.

Andy was Priest in Charge of St Helen’s Cliffe-at-Hoo with Cooling,  in the diocese of Rochester. He says, “Whilst we are sad to leave so many friends behind in Cliffe, we are excited for the next adventure that God is leading us into”. Andy is married to Jill and they have four children (James, Caleb, Annabelle and Lilyella). 

Andy is originally from the Wirral. After Grammar School he studied History at Hull University followed by an MA at Moorlands College, Bournemouth. Andy taught at a Secondary School in Uganda for a while, followed by 13 years as a Youth Worker at various churches. After training for Ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, he has been Priest in charge at Cliffe, Kent, for the past 5 years.

Andy is a keen Liverpool FC supporter, and his other interests include building models, table tennis, and a wide range of music from Frank Sinatra to Metallica to Rag’n’Bone Man.

Jill is a qualified PE teacher and has been a piano teacher for the past 4 years.

Andy’s Service of Collation and Induction was held in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green on the 18th May.

A big welcome to the whole family!

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