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England cricket star's brother is new vicar at Cumbrian church

The brother of England cricket star Kevin Pietersen is the new vicar at a Workington church.

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Tony Pietersen, wife Penny and daughter Jessica

Tony Pietersen and his family moved to the town last month from South Africa and he started his role as minister at Emmanuel Church on Vulcans Lane at the beginning of the month.

And the 38-year-old clergy man said that his brother, one of the world’s leadinmg batsmen, is planning to visit him at his new home in the near future.

Mr Pietersen, his wife Penny and their three young daughters moved to England to be closer to their family and they are hoping to become part of the community.

“We were asked to come to serve Jesus at Emmanuel Church in Workington and to care for the people of the church and to do our preaching to the community,” he said.

They have only ever visited the UK six times before deciding to move, the first being when Kevin Pietersen married Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor three years ago where their children were flower girls.

And he took part in last year’s London Marathon with his other brothers and dad. Mr Pietersen, like his brother, is passionate about sports and is hoping to start running soon.

“We are a very sporty family,” he told the News & Star.

“I grew up with four boys and played cricket in the court yard of our house and touch-rugby. Kevin is passionate about what he does and competitive and he enjoys a good challenge. He loves playing for England.

“I watched him score his 158 at Lords against Sri Lanka and he took me in to have a look at the name board – it was absolutely fantastic.

“He does plan to visit us. He will be touring for a while now and we’ll see him when he gets back. I am very proud of Kevin and very supportive. We are in regular contact and he provided us with very generous help to settle in here – he’s a very generous person.”

The Pietersen family are settling into life in Cumbria, although they said they are trying to understand the dialect and adapt to the weather.

One thing that the couple said that they were impressed with, is the friendliness of the locals.

“The people are very friendly and very helpful. The church folk have really helped us to settle in and it has been great and our daughters have settled into school at Seaton,” he said.

The couple, who live on Corporation Road, have plans to stay in the area for the forseeable future.

“We have bought our home and plan to stay for a long time and become part of the community,” said Rev Pietersen.

“We would like to extend a welcome to the community to come and join us in our activities and to come and meet their new pastoral family and join in with activities.”

Mrs Pietersen is involved with the Chatterbox mums and tots group, which she helps to run on Wednesday mornings. They are both heavily involved in the youth groups on Friday nights.

They are planning to hold a Dad’s Behaving Dadly group once a month, where fathers bring their children to the church on Saturday mornings.

Have your say

We wish you all the Best Tony and Pray that God will really Bless your work there. Our Grandparents left England more than 70 years ago to be missionaries in Africa and now you and Penny are back there to where so many people have forgotten who God really is.

Posted by Joanne Trollip on 18 September 2010 at 16:55


Excellent news for the local community. Perhaps Cumberland County Cricket Club can offer Kevin the chance to move closer to his brother?!

Now that would be fantastic!!

Posted by Rupert McDonald on 17 September 2010 at 17:47

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