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Vicars and Priests at St John's

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In the century and more since the start of St John's (initially as a temporary church in 1873, and then with the current building in 1893) there have been a relatively small number of priests in charge of the parish. Indeed, just three of them (Fr White, Canon James and Fr Salter) gave a 111 years of combined service to the parish!

It is these men, listed below, who have steered the church and its people through ever changing times, all the while maintaining the dignified anglo-catholic worship for which St John's is justly known.

Vicars and Priests

Rev. J.H. White
Priest-in-Charge of the Tin Church, 1873-1893
Priest-in-Charge, 1893-1898

Rt. Rev. John M. Steward, Bp
Priest-in-Charge, 1898-1904

Rev. Canon R.H.L. James
Vicar, 1904-1954

Rev. S.J. Forrest
Vicar, 1954-1961

Rev. R. Salter
Vicar, 1962-1998

Rev. J. Cope
Vicar, 1999-2007

Rev. E.J. Lewis
Priest-in-Charge, 2010-2011

Rev. D.E. Stevenson
Priest-in-Charge, 2011-2013
Vicar, 2013 to present

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Christmas Services at St John's

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A list of our Christmas services can be found on our Christmas page. These include our Carol Service for Watford Businesses, Carols by Candlelight, and family Christingle service.

Watch our Christmas Video

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