Peacock to take his eye off the ball

04 June 2008

Ed Beavan

THE BBC is to lose its football pundit Gavin Peacock, after Euro 2008, to a theological college in Canada,

Mr Peacock, formerly a striker for Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea, and Newcastle, has completed a theology degree at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, and attends an Anglican church near his home in Kent. He is leaving Match of the Day to move with his wife and two children to Calgary, and embark on a three-year Master’s course in Divinity at Ambrose Seminary.

He told The Times that entering the ordained ministry is something he “has to do”. “People need God. Society is strewn with relationship breakdowns and lack of respect for authority and each other. Kids are killing each other. We have lost biblical values and knowledge of God. The role of a pastor is to nurture that in his church and reach out to the community at large. This is what is in my heart. For me, there is no higher calling. I know it’s the right thing.”

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