Ian Rumsey announced in Parish Development post

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The Revd Ian Rumsey (pictured) is our new Parish Development Officer for the Macclesfield Archdeaconry. Ian, who has been Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hurdsfield (near Macclesfield) since 2004, has been a priest in parish ministry since 1991. He worked as a seismologist in oil and gas exploration before being called to ordained ministry. The 54-year-old father of two sons is married to Colleen, a teaching assistant. In his new role he takes over from the Revd Steve Wilcockson, who left our diocese late last year to become Archdeacon of Doncaster.

Ian will begin working as Parish Development Officer, alongside the Revd Richard Burton, on 16 July. His duties will include: the implementation of the third phase of Growth Action Planning (GAP 3); encouraging parishes to change from maintenance to mission; and encouraging evangelism initiatives.

Ian said: "It’s been a privilege to serve as Vicar of Hurdsfield, and it is going to be difficult to leave such a wonderful congregation and church.

“My new role will provide very different opportunities for ministry and mission, and it is great that the parishes have such support to call on. I’m very much looking forward to helping and working alongside Richard Burton.”