Tuesday, June 11, 2013
NEWS FROM THE EAST HAM TEAM
For Immediate Use
11 June 2013
Jide who played Jesus to be ordained
The man who played Jesus in the Newham Millennium Passion play “A Light in the Darkness” is to return to the Borough as a newly ordained Anglican Minister this summer.
Rowland Jide Macaulay was 34 years old when he was cast to play Jesus and it was a life-changing experience for him and for many locals.
Macaulay, now 47, will be ordained into the Church of England by The Bishop of Chelmsford, The Right Reverend Stephen Cotterell in Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday the 30th June 2013 at 11.15am.
Macaulay will serve as Curate in the East Ham Parish Team.
“Coming back to Newham is a continuation of the experience from 2000 and I am really looking forward to serving in the local community,” Jide said today.
In recent years Macaulay has focussed on offering pastoral care to sexual minorities living on the margins of society. He is the founder of House Of Rainbow Fellowship (www.houseofrainbow.org) and he hopes to develop his concern for all who are marginalised for many different reasons once in post.
“My Anglican training in Cambridge has helped me to bring together the necessary skills and to equip me for an inclusive parish ministry and I cannot wait”.
Macaulay is the second child of Professor Augustus Kunle Macaulay, the Principal and Founder of United Bible University Lagos Nigeria.
Macaulay will be Officially welcomed in the Parish of East Ham on the 7th July 2013 at 10am and will be joined by family and friends at the special service at St Bartholomew The Great, Barking Road.
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