Posted by: jellies01 | September 1, 2015


jonathan1The Revd Jonathan Hunter Dunn has been appointed by the Bishop of Bath and Wells to be the new incumbent priest of the Benefice of Shepton Mallet with Doulting and West Cranmore.

Jonathan and his wife Emma and their young son Zachariah will move to Shepton Mallet later this summer to start work in the Benefice which has been in Vacancy since the autumn of 2014.

The Licensing Service to formally install the Reverend Hunter Dunn will take place on Monday 7th September 2015 at 19.00 in the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BL

Jonathan was born in Wiltshire but grew up in rural Devon. To this day, he is more at home in the countryside than in the city. He read Physics at university and after a brief stint in gas and oil exploration, he returned to complete a PhD. Further research in experimental physics followed in Sweden and the USA.

During his early thirties, Jonathan’s faith came into sharper focus. He says ‘It isn’t that I have turned my back on science – I love science – rather I felt called out of doing something I really enjoyed: studying the created order, to do something in line with my belief that the created order has a purpose”.

Jonathan moved back to the UK and trained for the ministry at Oak Hill Theological College in London, where he met Emma during his first year.

Jonathan has been Curate at St John the Baptist, Burford, Oxfordshire for the past five years.

Jonathan says: “I am thrilled and humbled by this appointment! From the first time I saw the profile I felt called to the Benefice and every step along the way has confirmed that calling. Emma, Zachariah and I are looking forward to joining you in a ministry which is precious to our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s join together in prayer for a new season of growth and blessing.”