Church attendance doubles because of an attractive looking minister

The Daily Mail has reported that church attendance in St Mary The Virgin in Caterham, Surrey, has doubled after the arrival of a new blonde vicar in her twenties.

Reverend Stephanie Nadarajah took up the post at St Mary the Virgin at the age of just 29 after giving up a job as an NHS boss.

The new ‘attractive, blonde curate’  has rocketed the church attendance figures with at least 150 locals turning up every Sunday.

Rev Nadarajah gave up a high-paying job as an NHS manager after graduating in theology at Cambridge University and deciding she fancied giving up ‘normal life’ to become God’s servant.

We get about 150-plus people every Sunday at our main service, and that’s on the increase, which is great. If people look and say “goodness me, that’s not what I expected” and listen to what I say, then that’s great. The first time I walked down the street in Caterham in a dog collar, I was so embarrassed. I thought if anyone spoke to me I would just hand it over and say “you are right, I’m not who I claim to be, I picked it out of the wardrobe”

Local councillor John Orrick said: ‘She doesn’t fit the stereotype. Perhaps wrongly, you imagine vicars and curates will be men of a certain age.

‘She’s certainly made an impact since she arrived, and long may it continue.’

Well, I just hope that Steph isn’t using the old ‘flirt to convert’ technique in her sermons 😉

But on a serious note; it is actually quite good news. OK, if people are going to church just to get a look in on an attractive curate, then that’s bad in itself. But ultimately, as far as Jesus is concerned, they’re listening to his word and receiving the chance to become a Child of God.

Hmm. I don’t think I’ll be able to bring in more people to church with my amazing looks when I get ordained…

But anyway, what do you think? If you don’t go to church now, would you go if there was a fantastic looking vicar there? Let me know your comments!




Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @

  • Amy

    I find this quite amusing, but would double the amount of people really go and keep going just because of an attractive woman? Church can be quite long and boring if you’re not going there for the teachings and because you really care about what is being said. She may have attracted them there as a one off, but something else must be making them keep returning each Sunday.

    Me personally, I wouldn’t go to church because of those reasons.