A SALTNEY church has welcomed the arrival of its new vicar.
Parishioners at St Mark’s Church have given an enthusiastic welcome to the Rev Hennie Johnston, who for the last four years has been associate vicar in a parish in the Birmingham Diocese.
Hennie was born in Baghdad where her father was a diplomat and a lay reader at the Church of St George.
Hennie worked in the House of Commons from 1983 to 1997, before being ordained in Coventry Cathedral in 2003, where she served as curate at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.
Hennie said: “I believe God called me to Saltney. I was in Birmingham and then the Coventry diocese before and I saw this post advertised. I did not apply first time round but the post went unfulfilled so I applied second time round as I felt I fitted the profile.
“There is so much diversity in the parish area of Lache-cum-Saltney, with Lache being very different from some areas of Curzon Park.
“Saltney also has a great mix of industry and the English and Welsh.
“I am hoping to meet all the church members over the next year. I am really excited about being here. Although it is only my second week I already feel at home. There is a lot to be built upon to continue the good work at this church.”
Hennie comes with her much-loved pet ‘spanidor’ (spaniel and labrador cross-breed) Chanty, and both enjoy walking and exploring the countryside.
Hennie added: “Chanty was known as a counselling dog in my last parish and she has been great company. I have had her since she was eight weeks old and now she is a six-year-old.”