The Church of Espiritu Santo, Los Gigantes, on the Atlantic island of Tenerife was packed for the Licensing of the new Chaplain, The Rev'd John Poole, by the Archdeacon of Gibraltar, the Venerable Geoff Johnston on Thursday, 15th September 2016.

Among the large congregation to welcome Fr John were the Vice Consul, Helen Keating, the local Roman Catholic Priest Fr Macario as well as clergy from the Swedish and German churches and from a free church.

Fr John brings to our Diocese his experience from a varied background.  He was a police officer working cross-culturally in London before ordination.  He has worked in Madagascar and in parishes in Hertfordshire as well as in Bulgaria in this diocese.  Then he began a ten-year stretch in prison, as he likes to say.  He served as Chaplain in two prisons in the UK before going to Australia to lead an experimental ministry in the Diocese of Perth.

Archdeacon Geoff says “His vast and diverse ministry will be highly valued in our diocese and the people of St Francis, Tenerife South are delighted that he is there to work along them.”