Rev’d Clive Watts

Introducing our new Priest in Charge, Rev’d Clive Watts

On 10th of July 2019, we welcome Rev’d Clive Watts as the new Priest in Charge of Barrow-upon-Soar, Walton, Prestwold, and Wymeswold.

Having had a Christian faith since early childhood, Clive has always been involved in Church life and ministry. However, it was on pilgrimage to Taizé, in France, in 2006 that he heard his calling to ordination. Going on a Cursillo weekend and spending time on retreat in Northumbria were both significant times as he continued to discern God’s calling for his life. At that time Clive worshipped at Leicester Cathedral, and among a number of different roles, led the server team there and served on Cathedral Chapter. He volunteered as a Street Pastor and was involved in several Fresh Expressions of Church. Clive worked as a Nurse for over twenty-five years, most recently as a Clinical Specialist, managing a number of community services. It was that role that brought him to Leicester eighteen years ago, having previously lived in Sheffield, Reading, Bristol and Plymouth among other places.

Having trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon near Oxford from 2014, Clive was ordained Deacon in July 2016 and went to The Wigston Benefice as Assistant Curate; he was ordained priest in July 2017. During his curacy, Clive visited our Link Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, both of which were significant and valuable experiences. During the final year of curacy he completed a placement back at Leicester Cathedral and spent six months working in the Burrough Hill Benefice, supporting them during vacancy.

Clive enjoys a wide range of worship styles, has a passion for life-long learning and enjoys working with schools and young people. He is District Chaplain to the Sea Cadet Corps and will be taking up the role of Chaplain to ‘TS Venomous’, the Loughborough Sea Cadet Unit. With a keen interest in Fresh expressions and new ways of ‘being church’, he is particularly interested in how the Church responds to social justice issues and welcomes the marginalised in our communities.

Clive and his civil partner, David have been together for twenty-five years. In their time off they enjoy spending time in their cottage in Northumberland and long walks on the beach with their black Labrador, Kasper. Clive also enjoys gardening, cooking, the cinema and theatre.
Clive is looking forward to joining the churches across the Barrow and Wolds Group, and getting to know the area, the local communities and the people here. He will be living in the Rectory at Barrow-upon-Soar and will be easy to spot out and about in the community. He looks forward to meeting as many people as possible, so please take a few moments to come and say hello.

You can contact Clive on 07534 899522 or