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Denomination Church of England
Diocese Leicester
Deanery Akeley West
Parish Priest   Reverend John Dawson

The full name of the Benefice is The United Benefice of Breedon on the Hill with Isley Walton cum Langley and Worthington, Saint Matthew's with Newbold and Griffydam. Quite a mouthful, isn't it!

Situated in North West Leicestershire, the Benefice comprises of two parishes, Breedon on the Hill and Worthington

The parish of Breedon on the Hill has three churches, which are
The Priory Church of Saint Mary and Saint Hardulph, Breedon
All Saints' Church, Isley Walton
The Ferrers Chapel Of TheHoly Trinity, Staunton Harold

The parish of Worthington has only a single church, which is
Saint Matthew's Church, Worthington

Reverend John Dawson

Tel: 01530 222673
Email: vicar@benefice.org.uk

John Dawson is Associate Priest in the United Benefice of Breedon on the Hill and Worthington. His theological training was on the East Midlands Ministry Training Course and he was ordained in Leicester Cathedral by Bishop Tom Butler in 1995. Part of his training was spent on placement at the Sue Ryder Palliative Care Home, Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Whitwick, and at Emmanuel Church in Loughborough. These placements reflect his interests in ministry in a hospice setting, and also a desire to understand and encompass as many different aspects of Christian life as possible. His final thesis in training reflects and examines the topic of euthanasia, and caring in a terminal illness setting, and the moral and theological issues raised.

John's secular background is in the pharmaceutical industry, which he joined after a career in retail pharmacy with a well-known national chain of chemists. He is married to Val, who works on a part-time basis in a solicitor's office. He is father to two children, Jane and James.

Jane is married to Colin and has a daughter, Eleanor, and a son, Harry. She is a teacher specialising in the Special Needs Sector of education.

James, is married to Rachel, and is a Barrister.

John lives in Worthington, next door to the house in which he was born, and this brings a special strength to his ministry, as he knows a great many of the village people very well. This also brings special pressures and responsibilities.

His ministry is evangelical in outlook, and he is a great believer in ecumenical worship. His other interest is in the training of both lay and ordained personnel, and he has helped with the Diocese of Leicester training programmes.

He has retained a non-stipendary basis, as his secular work ensures an up to date relevant interrelation with all people, and they see him as a person to whom they can relate in a very open way. This is a strength that cannot be over emphasised. The only draw back is a lack of time, and he needs his very efficient wife to keep him on track.

He feels, and knows, it is a great privilege to serve the people in his Benefice, and the active spreading and teaching of the Gospel is of paramount importance.