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Church Society Staff Update

Posted 2 Nov 2020

We're delighted to announce the appointment of two new Regional Directors and a Theological Consultant.

Not one, not two, but THREE new members of staff are joining the Church Society team this month!

Theological Consultant
We’re thrilled that Dr Kirsten Birkett has agreed to become the Theological Consultant to Church Society, with a particular responsibility for helping us respond to the Living in Love and Faith resources due to be published by the Church of England next week. Kirsty will be working on articles for Crossway and The Global Anglican, blog posts and podcasts, and various resources to help churches understand the material over the next few months.

Kirsty Birkett studied in Sydney, and came to London in 2005. She worked as a lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College for 14 years, teaching Pastoral Care and Counselling, Church History, Ethics, Philosophy, and Doctrine. For the past year she has been Associate Minister at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Hadley Wood.

Regional Directors
The role of the Regional Directors has proved so valuable through the pioneering work of George Crowder and Mark Wallace, that we are delighted to be able to expand our team. George will continue to work in the North, and is now being joined by Chris Moore and Tony Cannon who will cover the rest of England. The Regional Directors are there to offer support and advice to ministers, as well as to encourage and support local groups and networks. Please contact the Church Society office if you’d like to talk to any of our Regional Directors, invite them to local or regional events, or ask advice about pastoral and other matters.

Chris Moore is rector of a rural, multi-parish benefice in the Diocese of Hereford, where he has been since 2011. He is married to Mary, and they have five sons. His doctoral research examined the Old Testament roots of Christology in the Gospels of Mark and John. Prior to ordination Chris worked as a Chartered Surveyor, managing assets for pension funds, and was then in Baptist ministry for a number of years. After ministry in Cheltenham, he taught at the Bristol Centre for Youth Ministry before returning to the Church of England. He has lectured on the local part time ordination course and has a long academic involvement with the Eastern Orthodox churches. He is currently working towards an MTh in Scottish Church History and Theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary.  Chris will be responsible for an area including the West Midlands and the south west of England.

Born and raised in the Guildford area, Tony Cannon trained as a Chartered Accountant and ended up running the Guildford branch office of a firm of accountants. He met and married Lynnie in 1986, after she had trained at Oak Hill and started working as a Deaconess in New Malden. Around the time of their marriage, both caught Glandular Fever which developed into M.E. Lynnie was then largely bed-bound for 20 years before the Lord kindly made her well through two new treatments. Tony recovered quicker, but struggled with energy for some years. After training at Oak Hill, Tony served a curacy in Shropshire followed by 10 years as Team Vicar of Chipping Norton (including Kingham) in the Cotswolds, and then by 6½ thrilling years as Vicar of St John’s, Woking. The M.E. finally caught up with both of them in 2017 and so, with sad hearts, they retired early to Hailsham in East Sussex. No-one is more surprised at this appointment than he is! But very excited too! Tony loves working 1-2-1 with men, either evangelistically or in discipleship, any kinds of teaching the Bible, and praying with Lynnie. His interests include motorbiking, playing bass guitar, walking Georgie their Golden Retriever, anything techie and anything DIY. Oh, and supporting Spurs, albeit very much from afar! Tony will be responsible for an area including the south and east of England.

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