Rev Labdon arrives at St Aidan’s after a 27-year policing career in Northwest England, where he reached the rank of chief superintendent. He was ordained a deacon in 2009 and priested in 2010. He was since 2008 curate at St Andrew’s, Bebington, in the Wirral district of the Diocese of Chester and since 2010 Police Chaplain to the Merseyside Police, covering the city of Liverpool and surrounding communities. St Aidan’s is his first appointment as rector.
He trained in theology at St John’s College, Nottingham during his curacy at St Andrew’s, Bebington. While working as a policeman, he was also intensely active in the church as a leader of study groups and youth activities, a teacher of Alpha and other courses, a leader of worship and Bible study and a preacher.
Until his move to Winnipeg, he was running a men’s group called Fellaship, a young adults group and two seniors’ groups within the church for ladies and for men. He also worked with and ministered to a church-aided school.
In his police work, his duties at various times were community officer, plain clothes officer, operational support group, negotiator, firearms commander, airport commander, partnerships officer for the force, race issues co-ordinator for the criminal justice agencies, crime reduction co-ordinator, drug support team, strategic development, operations support and operations.