Who is Rod Key?
This is what the Gazette and Herald said about Rod on 5th October 2014.
“Reverend Rod Key, who has just celebrated 30 years as a priest, was instituted on Monday.
He has moved from Norfolk, where he has looked after 10 village parishes for the last 10 years. Before that he spent two decades as an inner city priest in Gloucester.
Rev Key, 57, is married to Sue and they have three grown-up children and a 10-year-old Border Collie.
He said he was attracted to the parish: “Very much because of the sense of the church wanting to grow and try new things.
“The parish population has 15,000 and will be 20,000 in the next five years,” he said. “I am very open to new ideas and I like that the building is adaptable and has chairs instead of pews.
It’s really a chance for me to get stuck in to the community, not just the church. I am keen to make it more relevant to the community. There are a huge number of housing estates that are part of our parish but not very close, like Monkton and Pewsham, so it’s a bit of a challenge.”
They still have the border collie, he is a truly venerable dog.