SOLICITOR Justin Parker is not only concerned with the law of the land, but God’s law too because he has just been confirmed as a deacon by the Church of England.

Mr Parker, a notary public and commercial property lawyer at MFG Solicitors, Kidderminster, was ordained in front of a congregation of 700 in Hereford Cathedral.

His title is now the Rev JT Parker and he will pursue an extraordinary dual career continuing to practice law alongside his new commitment to the church which stretches across the Cleobury Mortimer benefice.

The Rev Parker, who lives in Cleobury with his wife and two daughters, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been given the chance to serve the church and my community as a deacon.

“I have been training on a part-time basis for five years to reach the necessary level. Although it was difficult, due to my busy schedule as a notary public and partner at MFG Solicitors, I could not be happier to finally have the opportunity to dedicate myself further to the church and people across the benefice.”

The Rev Parker, who will help oversee seven parishes including Cleo-bury Mortimer and surrounding villages such as Hopton Wafers and Milson, is now licenced by the Church of England to officiate at weddings, baptisms and funerals. He will also give regular sermons, visit the sick and elderly and play a role in missionary or welfare projects.