It is with sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected death of the Revd David Lewis, 58, Rector of Elmley Castle with Bricklehampton & The Combertons and Associate Priest of Ashton-under-Hill.

David is believed to have died while he was out jogging near the village of Elmley Castle where he lived. He had been Rector in the Diocese of Worcester for the past eighteen months, previously spending fourteen years ministering in the Diocese of Leeds. David had also served as a Chaplain in Stavanger, Norway, and in Carlisle, Guildford and Birmingham Dioceses following his ordination in 1988.

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, said: “David was an outstanding priest who had won the hearts of all those to whom he ministered in the months since he came to this diocese. His untimely death is a terrible tragedy and he will be greatly missed.Very many people, myself included, had profound affection and respect for him.Our thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn his passing, particularly his mother, his brothers and their families.”

David's funeral will take place on Tuesday 24 September, 1pm in Elmley Castle, followed by a private cremation. The family have asked for donations to the Children's Society in lieu of flowers as David was a long term supporter: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk