Paul Elliston has been officially welcomed by the community and commissioned by Bishop Ruth Worsley at a special service at West Monkton Primary School.
Paul’s appointment is the first of nine pioneer appointments that will be created as part of the diocese’s ambitious Pioneer Project. The project aims to create the new pioneer posts by 2020, from which the dream of a culture of pioneering and innovation across the diocese will grow.
The diocese has been awarded £1.6m funding from the national church and made its own financial commitment of £1.5m to establish the new posts.
Bishop Ruth said, “It’s wonderful to officially welcome Paul to the diocese and fitting that we are celebrating right in the heart of this community. We’re praying he will find new ways to share the story of Christ’s love for each new neighbour. We pray God’s blessing on him and the whole Bathpool community.”