Rev. Peter Crooks, MBE
Senior Priest (Rector)
Rev. Peter Crooks met his wife Nancy in Aqaba in Jordan in 1973. They were married three years later in Durham, England. 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 lived 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 had the happy responsibility of helping to look after their grandchildren, Jessica 8 and Huw 6. Their home base is now in north Wales.