Methodist minister leaves after 10 years

The Rev David Philo
The Rev David Philo

A Methodist minister is leaving the High Peak for pastures new after nearly ten years.

Reverend David Philo is moving from his home in Chapel–en–le–Frith to Norfolk with his wife Emily and 11–year–old son Joshua.

Rev Philo, who is superintendant for High Peak Methodist Circuit, will be leaving his post in Chapel at the end of July, to take up a new role in Norfolk on August 7.

He said: “It’s going to be an exciting challenge which we’re looking forward to, but there’s always a little bit of not wanting to leave people behind. We work an awful lot in the community, especially the schools. It shall be very sad to leave.”

Rev Philo has lived all over the United Kingdom as part of his vocation, including parishes in Northern Ireland and London. He said that while he and his family were looking forward to living by the sea, he would be said to miss the beautiful countryside of the High Peak.

Rev Philo, aged 63, has been involved in the church for more than 20 years and this new appointment will be the last of his career.

Parishioners are invited to a final farewell service at Disley Methodist Church, in Buxton Road, at 3pm on Sunday, July 28. Rev Kerry Tankard will be taking his place.