Warwick welcomes new rector
HUNDREDS turned out on Saturday morning to welcome the new rector of the Anglican parish of Warwick, Reverend Rod Winterton.
The service began at 11am and was led by Bishop Rob Nolan.
Rev Winterton arrived from his parish of Greenhills in Brisbane and has filled an 11-month void left when previous rector Rev Geoff Hoyte left.
Greenhills parishioners Christine Leonard and Ros and Rod MacIver attended the commissioning to show support for Rev Winterton.
“We arrived by bus and cars to come to the service and to see the parish of Warwick,” they said.
“He will be absolutely missed in Brisbane. The next rector will have very big shoes to fill.”
Rev Winterton, who is the 22nd reverend of St Mark’s Anglican Church, said he was already settling well into Warwick.
“We’re really excited to be here. The people are fantastic and Warwick is a beautiful town,” he said.
“The thought (of moving to a rural area) had been stirring in my mind for a while.”
This is not the first time the reverend has called Warwick home though, having lived here in 1973.
“I lived here for six weeks when I was a final year vet student. I lived in the Club Hotel for that time,” he said.
“My dad’s family came from around Tenterfield too, so there is a bit of a connection (to here).”