Revd Gita Deborah Bond was licensed as House for Duty Priest by Rob Wickham, the Bishop of Edmonton on 27 July in a service attended by her family and friends, parishioners of Christ Church and local civic dignitaries, including the Mayor of Haringey.
Revd Bond was ordained at Ely Cathedral in 2008, and completed her curacy in the benefice of the Ramseys and Upwood, in Cambridgeshire.
She has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a further degree in Christian Theology BA (Hons) and taught Chemistry up to A Level and Physics for 26 years before answering the call to ministry.
Revd Bond says:
“I have been greatly fulfilled by my ministry which has been challenging, at times exhausting but very rewarding. I like to develop a close affinity with parishioners and enjoy all aspects of ministry particularly pastoral work, prayer meetings, discipleship courses and fresh expressions of church.
The Eucharist is essential to me, I strongly believe in encouraging and leading the laity to use and develop their God-given gifts for outreach. We need to discern where God is working in the community and how we can offer God’s love so that the Church can be a real, visible and active presence. This can only effectively be achieved through prayer. Prayer underpins everything I do, I consider it essential for us all to learn and understand the vital importance of prayer.
My greatest joy is seeing individuals using their energy, potential and creativity and becoming all that God had designed them to be; equipping and empowering others and seeing God’s transforming love in the wider community. This is the heart of my Christian faith that people of all religions, culture, nationality, intellectual ability, social class, age or sex experience the unconditional love of Jesus.”