Rev. and Mrs Peter and Nancy Crooks

The Church Council is delighted to announce that REV. AND MRS. PETER AND NANCY CROOKS will be serving at The Church of the Epiphany.

Peter and Nancy Crooks met in Aqaba in Jordan in 1973. They were married three years later in Durham. Peter served in turn on the staff of two London churches – Holy Trinity, Brompton and St John’s, Wembley – before they returned with their son Timothy to the Middle East. The next ten years took them to posts in Beirut, Damascus and latterly Jerusalem, where Peter was Dean of St George’s Anglican Cathedral. There followed nine years of rural ministry in Warwickshire, England. Then after a brief stint in Iran and two years as a vicar in north Wales they went to Aden, Yemen, sharing responsibility for running two busy clinics and the care of the international congregation of Christ Church. It is a post they describe as the ‘happiest and most rewarding’ of their lives. In 2009 Peter was awarded an MBE for work with seafarers and the community in Yemen.  Since leaving Yemen in December 2013, they have been living in Reading (some 30 miles west of London) in a ‘gloriously mixed community’ of friends and neighbors from Pakistan, Vietnam, Latvia, West Africa and beyond, amongst whom, Peter has sometimes said, they feel like expatriates!  Their son Tim, with his wife Alison, both teach in local primary schools and over the past few years, Peter and Nancy have had the happy responsibility of taking and collecting the grandchildren, Jessica 8 and Huw 6, first from nursery and now school.