Luton Town Football Club would like to welcome Luton vicar, Revd David Kesterton, as our new club Chaplain, succeeding former player Alan West, who retired at the start of the season.
David is Vicar of All Saints on Shaftesbury Road, the parish which includes Kenilworth Road, and also St Peters on the corner of Dallow and Harefield Road.
He is a Town season ticket holder and has been regular home supporter since the 2004/05 season.
Hatters chief executive Gary Sweet said: “We are delighted to welcome David to the club in what is a very important supportive role for both players and staff and, of course, our supporters.
“David is a supporter himself and has been a regular at our games for some years, so many people around the club already know him. We look forward to working with him at what is a wonderful time for anyone to become a Hatter.”
David, who has met manager Nathan Jones and the Town squad at The Brache, has written a column for tomorrow’s matchday programme and describes his appointment to the voluntary role as “a great honour.”
He continued: “Many people wonder why a club needs a chaplain at all in these days when fewer people have religious views, but in fact most clubs have a chaplain.
“I’m there to offer support and a listening ear to anyone no matter what their views and I’m definitely not here to push religion.
“I’m available to staff or players as another source of support when it’s easier to talk to someone trusted who is not employed by the club.”
You can read David’s introductory column in tomorrow’s matchday programme, This Is Our Town, and another on New Year’s Day for the Lincoln game.
Welcome to the club, David!
(Picture courtesy of The Diocese of St Albans)