Reverend Nick Brown to move on to pastures new

The Acting Bishop of Lincoln has announced the appointment of the Reverend Canon Nick Brown - who is the current Rector of Louth - as the new Precentor of Lincoln.
The Rector of Louth, Nick Brown, in front of St James’ Church.The Rector of Louth, Nick Brown, in front of St James’ Church.
The Rector of Louth, Nick Brown, in front of St James’ Church.

As Precentor, Nick will be a residentiary canon and a chapter member with responsibility for the worship and music in the Cathedral.

He is already a familiar face in the Cathedral as a non-residentiary canon and as a chapter member holds strategic oversight for safeguarding on behalf of the chapter. Nick describes the new role as a ‘sacred privilege’ in which he serves the Cathedral community, the diocese and the county.

For the past eight years, Nick has been Rector of Louth and latterly Rural Dean of Louthesk. He is also a member of the Bishops’ Diocesan Council of Trustees.

In Louth, he has overseen the life and work of both the civic church of St James, social outreach from the Trinity Centre, and the spiritual lives of churches in the surrounding villages.

Before moving to Louth Nick was based in the diocese of Salisbury with a variety of roles in the parish, diocese, and the Cathedral.

Since childhood, Nick says he has been nurtured in the choral worship of the Church.

Nick said: “Lincoln Cathedral is a holy space, one of many in this diocese, in which we can proclaim the love of God and I am excited to be able to join the cathedral worshipping community as it offers daily worship for the county and the diocese.”

He continued: “Over the coming few weeks I will be working with the other incumbent priests, ministers and officers of the deanery to make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible.

“It is likely that my last Sunday in the parish and deanery will be Sunday November 22, but more details will be confirmed nearer the time.

“Although things will be necessarily muted without the ability to gather socially, I hope that there will be a means by which both myself and the family can express how much our time in Louth (and Louthesk) has meant to us.”

The Acting Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Dr David Court, says Nick has already made a valuable contribution to the life of Louth and the diocese.

He said: “I really look forward to the contribution Nick will be able to make to the Cathedral and know he will ensure the Cathedral remains what the statutes describes as a workshop of creativity and a working space for the Gospel of Jesus Christ’.

The Dean of Lincoln, the Very Revd Christine Wilson, said that offering inspiring music and reverent worship is central to our understanding of our mission and purpose.

She added: ‘I am delighted to welcome Nick as a new colleague and an experienced practitioner, to add his valuable contribution in developing and enriching the ministry here at the cathedral’.

Nick will be welcomed with his family and collated as a residentiary canon at Lincoln Cathedral at Evensong on Friday December 18.