Our Rector (designate)

The Rev'd Neil Griffiths

Born in Surrey, Neil and his family later settled in Sussex, where Neil spent much of his childhood and teenage years. Neil went on to study at Portsmouth Polytechnic, and here he would meet his first wife, with their first son, Christopher, born a few years later. Job changes took the family to Manchester, where another son, Alexander, was born, followed by a move to Lincoln, which saw the family worship regularly at the cathedral.
A separation and subsequent divorce saw Neil move to Leicester, where he was working. Here he met his second wife, Lesley, and they formed a new family that also included Lesley’s daughter, Robyn. During his time in Portsmouth, Neil had studied as a surveyor, and after a few years in this profession he moved to working with councils and housing associations to build affordable housing, a task he pursued for nearly 25 years. It was while working in this area that Neil felt God’s call to ordained ministry in the Church of England, and he later trained for two years at The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham.
A churchgoer all his life, for many years Neil was a member of the Methodist Church. From his teenage years, Neil also felt called to helping young people come to faith and grow in their faith, working for many years as a Sunday school teacher and as a volunteer youth leader. Neil also combined his faith and heart for social action through volunteering with Leicester YMCA, serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for many years.
Neil was ordained deacon at Leicester Cathedral in June 2014 and has recently served as Assistant Curate in the parish of St David’s, Broom Leys, which is on the edge of Coalville in Leicestershire. Neil has said that this has been a lovely parish in which to live, learn and serve, offering excellent experience that will set him in good stead for his future ministry, and he is looking forward to building on this experience as he moves into his new role.