A new Church of England minister for is to be ordained by the Bishop of Truro next week.

Benjamin Hudd, 52, of Stithians, is to become a Church of England minister on Tuesday, January 11 at a service held in St Wenappa in Gwennap.

Once ordained, Benjamin will be serving parishes within the Five Saints area and will first become a deacon, then a priest a year later.

Having previously served in the army in places such as Bosnia and the Republic of the Congo, Benjamin says he is drawn towards helping those who might feel there's no one there to help them.

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Speaking to The Packet, Benjamin said: "I had a very powerful experience with God in my car on my own in the Pyrenees Mountains.

"It was such a powerful experience that I just knew that I had to respond to it.

"If God can reach me, he can reach anybody.

"We have to carry what is an amazing message to people who need to hear it.

"Society has changed and therefore the church has to find new ways of being in the thick of it."

Benjamin's ordination service will take place Tuesday, January 11 at 6.30 pm.