The churches of St Peter and St Paul Fakenham and Christ Church Fulmodeston are delighted that they have appointed a new Rector. The Revd Tracy Jessop will take up the post in a few months.
Revd Tracy said: “I am humbled and thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve as Rector of Fakenham and Priest in Charge of Fulmodeston. This is an exciting opportunity to serve in a popular market town that supports a thriving community as well as enjoy a rural church that is the heart and hub of the village. I look forward to working together with the church leaders and congregations in mission and ministry in these parishes.”
Speaking of this new appointment, the Church Wardens said: “We are delighted to welcome Revd Tracy Jessop to be our new incumbent, ministering to the parishes of Fakenham and Fulmodeston. She makes history in being our first female Rector. She will find our churches in good heart, with hardworking and supportive members. We are confident she will take us from strength to strength as we seek to do God’s work in the town and our parishes.”
Born in London, Reverend Tracy had a career of almost 30 years in local government, first in London and Essex, and then in Norfolk since 2002. Tracy trained part-time for ministry with The Eastern Region Ministry Course whilst continuing to work in a senior leadership role for Norfolk County Council.
She was ordained in 2019 and served in curacy posts across Wroxham, Hoveton, Tunstead and Belaugh before joining the Aylsham and District Team in September 2020. Since last summer, Tracy has cared for the Bure Valley churches of Buxton, Lammas, Marsham, Brampton, Burgh and Oxnead.
Tracy and her civil partner Dee will continue their enjoyment of walking new parts of the Norfolk countryside, as well as the best of the coastal paths in their spare time.
Tracy will be instituted and installed at Fakenham Parish Church by The Rt Revd Dr Jane Steen, Bishop of Lynn later in the summer, on a date to be arranged.