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Ex-Newcastle, Chelsea striker Peacock now a Pastor in Canada

Former Chelsea and Newcastle United striker Gavin Peacock is enjoying his new life in Canada - as a pastor.

Few people apart from the friends at his weekly kick-about know he was a pro and a leading BBC analyst - until he quit in 2008 to serve God as a pastor.

"It was all going very well, I might even have been better known as a TV pundit than I was as a player," said Peacock, who is now 46, to the Sunday Express.

"But around 2006, I started to get a real calling to take up full-time Ministry. I had been a Christian since I was 18 and preached as a player. Around that time, though, the calling became even stronger.

"I started doing some preliminary Old and New Testament studies. I knew then I was being called to it full-time. I call it my joyful compulsion. I love it, but I must do it.

"It's like being a football manager. They enjoy the job but they must do it. Even though they get hammered and sacked, they always come back again."

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