Duo celebrate 25 years of ministry

Former Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Robert Hardy, with the Rev George Munn (left) and the Rev Canon Ian Robinson after a special service in Caistor Parish Church to mark their 25th anniversary of ordination.
Former Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Robert Hardy, with the Rev George Munn (left) and the Rev Canon Ian Robinson after a special service in Caistor Parish Church to mark their 25th anniversary of ordination.
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TWO local Anglican priests have marked a milestone in their ministry together.

Rural Dean of the West Wold Group of Churches, the Rev Canon Ian Robinson celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination with a service in St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

Celebrating alongside him was the Rev George Munn, who was ordained at the same service in Lincoln Cathedral on June 28, 1987.

Preaching and celebrating the Eucharist at the anniversary service was the Rt Rev Robert Hardy, who ordained the two priests.

The Rev Canon Robinson is married to Christine and they have two children, Richard and Catherine.

Before going to Lincoln Theological College for three years in 1984, Ian worked as a chemical engineer at Laports.

He worked as a clergyman in Scunthorpe before coming to be vicar of the Caistor Group in 1995.

More recently, he became Rural Dean of the West Wold Deanery, which includes more than 40 churches.

The Rev Munn lived and worked in the Caistor area until entering the ministry and serving mainly in the south of the Lincoln Diocese, retiring to Caistor and now continuing to serve as a non-stipendary priest.

“Over the 25 years since my ordination I have seen many changes in the church with reduced numbers of paid clergy,” said the Rev Canon Robinson.

“But what hasn’t changed is the commitment and hard work put in by the wonderful members of the church.

“This service was a celebration of just that, as well as George and my celebrations, and we were pleased to invite the Right Rev Robert Hardy, Bishop of Lincoln in 1987, to preach and celebrate.”