Rev Jo arrives after baptism of ice

After a two-year hiatus, a Scarborough church has a new minister.

St Andrew’s in Ramshill has recruited Rev Joanne Clare-Young, who hails from east London.

Jo, as her friends and flock call her, had a scary, subzero initiation to the area.

The first time she travelled to Scarborough, the country was in the grip of the so-called Beast from the East.

While driving from Scarborough to Whitby, Jo got stuck in snow on the moors road for two hours.

Unchastened, she accepted the subsequent job offer and moved up north with husband Alex and Jack Russell Digger. The couple, who live in Burniston, don’t have children.

Besides St Andrew’s, Jo is also minister of Emmanuel St John Church in Falsgrave and Flowergate Church in Whitby, which are part of what the ecclesiastical authorities call the North Yorkshire coast pastorate. The three United Reformed churches have 150 members.

An ordination and induction service at St Andrew’s was attended by about 130 people, including the presiding minister and moderator of the Yorkshire synod of the United Reformed Church, Rev Kevin Watson.

The warm-up act was interim moderator Rev Michael Lewis, who raised plenty of chuckles by cracking a few well-timed gags before the serious business began.