We are delighted to announce that the York Circuit begins the new Connexional year having made two key lay staff appointments.
Circuit Resources Manager
Angie Creswick has been appointed to the new role of Circuit Resources Manager. Based in the circuit office her role will be to enable staff and local congregations to focus on the priorities of Worship, Learning and Caring, Service and Evangelism by relieving as many of the governance and building management burdens as possible.
Angie comes to us with extensive project management and other related experience. When living in America she was the Facilities Manager for a 2,500 member United Methodist Church, responsible for the daily operation of the church property, including overseeing a $5million project to add a 2000m2 ministry centre. Since returning to England in 2013 Angie has worked for the York Civic Trust and the Archaeology Data Service.
Angie says: ' I'm thrilled to be joining the circuit team to work on the development of support systems for the Methodist churches in York. I have a background of construction project management and helping faith communities use their buildings and other resources in ministry and mission and like to see opportunities when others see problems. My husband, Ken, and I are pleased to have returned home to Dunnington with our two sons after 17 years living and working overseas. I look forward to getting to know staff, stewards and members in my new role and am excited about what God is doing through their faithful work in York.'
We look forward to welcoming Angie to the team as she starts work on 7th September.
Youth Ministry Leader
Victoria Etherington has been appointed to the new role of Circuit Youth Ministry Leader. Her role will be to work alongside our great team of volunteers in developing youth work in our Circuit. She will be supporting work in specific churches, developing youth work generally across the circuit, and also supporting District youth work.
Victoria has gained widespread experience and skills through voluntary and paid youth ministry both in this country and in America where she also served as a Youth Ministry Consultant. During that time she has also been awarded Masters Degrees in Divinity and Ministry with Young People at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Victoria says: "I feel called to youth ministry, so it is very exciting to see how committed York Methodist circuit are to their young people and to become a part of that investment. After many years in youth ministry; on both sides of the Atlantic, with different denominations, as volunteer, parent, consultant and employee I have experienced many different approaches, perspectives and roles within youth ministry. This experience allows me to approach the work with creativity, flexibility and deep appreciation for the importance of remembering that the centre of any Christian ministry is not humanity but God."
We look forward to welcoming Victoria to the team as she starts work on 1st October.
Let us give thanks for these appointments and all the other members of our Staff Team who contribute so many gifts and so much commitment to our Circuit.