Ex RAF intelligence officer is new Norwich vicar
Former RAF intelligence officer Tom Eagles who, with his wife Charlotte, has planted a church in Coventry, has been appointed as the new vicar at St Thomas Norwich (STN) and the Mitre Benefice in the city. Keith Morris reports.
The couple, who have two children, Tobias (5) and Barnabas (6), planted St Mark's in Coventry out of the well-known Gas Street church in Birmingham. So it is a sister Holy Trinity Brompton church plant to STN. "It was a bit of an adventure," said Tom.
Tom travelled widely with the RAF, including experience of a couple of wars. Charlotte is an NHS occupational therapist, specialising in mental health, who comes from Norwich. More recently she has worked on the evangelisation team at Soul Survivor.
Tom said: "It does feel like God has been calling us to Norwich for eight or nine years and now is the time. We love the city, feel at home and have family in the area.
"We are outward-looking and want to bring everybody into a place of encounter with Jesus. Ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit is a big part of who we are and we want to make space to listen to God's voice. We believe he speaks today and he heals today, we believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
"We see church are a family and to connect with each other, be real with each other and to learn and journey together."
STN Interim Vicar, Dave Lloyd, said: “We are thrilled that God has been calling Tom and his wife Charlotte to ministry in Norwich for some time now and we cannot wait to welcome their family. We are praying for them through this transitional period as they move from Coventry and we are all looking forward in faith to the next chapter of the adventure that is STN!”
Tom will be licensed at STN on July 31.
Hear more from Tom and Charlotte on YouTube.
Pictured above are Tom and Charlotte Eagles.