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FROM TEXAS TO A SPANISH COSTA MINISTRY

On All Saints day, the Archdeacon of Gibraltar, the Ven. Geoffrey Johnston, was in Spain’s Costa Blanca chaplaincy at La Fustera to formally license the newest member of the team of chaplains. The congregation which welcomed The Rev'd James Booker Jnr. Included representatives of other local churches as well local councillors,  plus representatives of various local organisations, including Rotary Fellowship, British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association and the Air Crew Association.

Fr Jim is Texan, and, following military service, first came to Europe in the oil industry. In Scotland he attended university and theological college. He was ordained there, and served in Scotland and England as a parish priest and a prison chaplain. Together with his English wife, Chrissie he returned to serve in Arizona, and later in central Florida. The opportunity to combine the sea and sun in Europe appealed, and they joined the team here just a few months ago. Within the Costa Blanca chaplaincy of the Holy Spirit Fr Jim assumes pastoral responsibility for the congregations at La Fustera (Benissa Costa) and Javea, and serves alongside Fr Ray Andrews, who has pastoral responsibility in El Campello, Albir and Alfaz del Pi; and senior chaplain Fr Marcus Ronchetti. Fr Marcus has oversight of the complete parish, and pastoral responsibility for Calpe. He also cares for Denia and Gandia while a fourth member of the team is recruited. The Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy serves the community from Valencia to Alicante with services in 8 different towns.