New Archdeacon of Walsall
The Revd Julian Francis is to become the new Anglican Archdeacon of Walsall. Currently Vicar of St George’s, Edgbaston, in the Birmingham Diocese, Julian is eagerly anticipating his new role, in which he will have responsibility for churches across a large part of South Staffordshire, as well as in the Black Country.
Julian (59) is married to Jane, who has a lead role in Birmingham Children’s Trust adoption service. They have four children. A welcome service for Julian and the new Wolverhampton Episcopal Area team of the Diocese of Lichfield will take place at St Peter’s Church, Wolverhampton, on 17 November. More details HERE.
New Salvation Army Divisional Leaders
On Monday 15 July, Lieutenant-Colonel Joao Paulo (JP) Ramos became Commander of the West Midlands Division of the Salvation Army. From his base in Birmingham, JP leads a Division stretching from Worcestershire to North Staffs, and from Shrewsbury to Coventry.
Lieutenant-Colonel Karin Ramos will be in charge of Leader Development in the Salvation Army’s West Midlands Division. JP and Karin, who have served as Salvation Army officers in Portugal, Sweden and the UK, have three children.
New Methodist District Administrator
The new Administrator of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church is Richard Lockley. Alongside his new role, Richard will continue to work as Administrator of the Telford Methodist Circuit. Richard replaces Leigh Maydew, who has begun to train for the Methodist ministry.
New Archdeacon Missioner
The Venerable Sue Weller has been named as the new Archdeacon Missioner in the Diocese of Lichfield. Currently Archdeacon of Walsall, Sue will take on the role which combines the responsibilities of Archdeacon of Lichfield with a role as Missioner across the diocese, plus an attachment at Lichfield Cathedral. She will take up her new role in September. More information HERE.