Pastures new for two priests Posted on January 15, 2013 by samc The Revd Richard Hoyal and the Revd Tony Knapp have both recently retired from ministry in the diocese. Between them, at their retirement, they ministered to six different church families in three deaneries. Ordained in 1979, Richard came to Bristol from Bradford diocese in 2004 to become Priest in Charge of All Saints w St John, Clifton and All Hallows, Easton. In 2009, he also took on the role of Priest in Charge of Christ Church in the city centre. Tony was ordained in 1989 and also came to Bristol from Bradford diocese, arriving in 2000 to be Team Rector of the Dorcan benefice, a Local Ecumenical Partnership in Swindon including St Paul’s, Covingham, St Timothy’s, Liden and the Eldene Centre. Bidding farewell to Richard, Bishop Lee said he was a ‘team player’ who ‘engaged with the realities of priestly ministry today’ and ‘kept the needs of God’s people firmly in view’. He paid tribute to his strong ‘focus on the things of God, the ways of God, and God the Holy Trinity himself’ and acknowledged the vital role played by his wife, Muriel, in sustaining his ministry. Bishop Lee identified the ‘keynote’ of Tony’s ministry as love – both for the Lord and for his people. He commented on his ‘enabling approach’ which had benefitted colleagues in licensed ministry, whether ordained or lay, Methodist or Anglican; and the priority he gave to discipleship amongst church members. Ministry for Tony had been a partnership with his wife, Cathy, who had ‘provided her own complementary leadership’, he said.