New General Secretary for ‘Churches Together in England’

Revd Dr Paul Goodliff has been appointed new General Secretary of ‘Churches Together in England’ and will replace current office-holder Revd Dr David Cornick upon David’s retirement in September.

Paul GoodliffPaul grew up in an evangelical Anglican Parish in Sussex, where he came to faith. As an undergraduate at King’s College, London, he worshipped at Streatham Baptist Church and has remained a Baptist from those days. Paul trained for the Baptist ministry at Spurgeon’s College and served as associate minister at Streatham Baptist Church, before moving to Stevenage as Minister of the Bunyan Baptist Church.

After seven years as its minister, Paul was called to serve as the General Superintendent of the Baptist Union’s Central Area from 1999 to 2004, and was for ten years the Baptist Union’s Head of Ministry. He was instrumental in forming The Order for Baptist Ministry — a dispersed religious order for Baptist ministers, and the Oxford Research Network for Ministry.

Since 2000, Paul has been a member of the World Council of Churches team in the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group, serving as its longest-standing WCC member. He was a delegate at the Busan Assembly of the WCC in 2013 and the recent WCC Commission for World Mission and Evangelism Conference in Arusha, Tanzania.


New Further Education chaplaincy support worker

philmetcalfOn 1 January 2018, Phil Metcalf became part-time chaplaincy development worker for the West Midlands. Phil’s brief is to develop chaplaincy in Further Education colleges where there isn’t any, and to support the development of existing chaplaincy teams. The post is being funded collaboratively by the Anglican Dioceses of Coventry and Lichfield, the Heart of England Baptist Association, the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church and St Peter’s Saltley Trust. Phil can be contacted at this e-mail address.


Helen Kirk to be the new Chair of the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District of the Methodist Church

Helen KirkHelen Kirk has been nominated as Chair of the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District of the Methodist Church, beginning on 1 September 2019. Helen will succeed current Chair Peter Barber, who is due to step down next summer. Helen currently serves as Superintendent of the Vale of Aylesbury Circuit. Helen was a presbyter in the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District for 17 years until 2014, serving at various times on the Education and Youth Committee, the District Policy Committee and the Candidates’ Committee, as Probationers’ Secretary and as Deputy Chair.  


DMMR Co-ordinator for the Wolverhampton/Shrewsbury DistricJo Yair

The Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church has appointed  Jo Yair to the role of District Ministry and Mission Co-ordinator (DMMR). Jo joined the Vale of Stour Circuit in 2013 as a Children and Families Worker, working with 15 churches in the area, helping them to connect with the communities they are part of. She previously worked in the veterinary profession. Jo took up her role on 1 March 2018 and can be contacted at this address.


Helen Titterton

Helen Titterton and James HendersonHelen Titterton has been appointed ‘Places of Welcome’ enabler for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, with the aim of helping community groups open their doors to local people. Every week people are free to belong, connect and contribute at ‘Places of Welcome,’ many of which are churches. The growing network of hospitality is run by local groups who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation. Helen, who lives in Lichfield, will undertake the role on a part-time basis. Find out more about Places of Welcome here.


Agu Irukwu

agu irukwuPentecostal members of ‘Churches Together in England’ have elected Pastor Agu Irukwu as the next Pentecostal President. A law graduate of the University of Warwick, barrister and former investment banker, Pastor Agu is national leader of the ‘Redeemed Christian Church of God’ in the UK, and Senior Pastor of Jesus House, London. Pastor Agu becomes only the second person to serve in this position following Bishop Eric Brown, who served as CTE’s first Pentecostal President between 2013 and 2017.


Mike Bridgewater

Mike BridgewaterRevd Mike Bridgewater has been appointed Dementia-Friendly Enabler for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent part of the Church-of-England Diocese of Lichfield. In his role, Mike will aim to:

  • Deliver ‘Dementia-Friendly Church’ courses in four sessions, covering pastoral care, church services, church buildings and community networks
  • Deliver services in individual churches to raise awareness among the whole congregation, using the national ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative
  • Offer advice and support when requested.

More information via this link.