New local ecumenical role for the Church of England

Rev Tim Norwood has been appointed National Officer for Local Ecumenism.

In his new role, Rev Tim will advise on local ecumenical arrangements in which the Church of England is involved, including local ecumenical partnerships (LEPs), liaison with partner churches, and cooperation with local, regional and national ecumenical bodies such as Churches Together in England.  He will work closely with the Rev Canon Dr Jeremy Morris, National Ecumenical Adviser for the Church of England, who said of Tim’s appointment that “this appointment is a tremendous opportunity for the national Church to encourage and inspire the plethora of local ecumenical activity in which we are involved”.

Tim has been Area Dean of Milton Keynes, a post which he has held for sixteen years, and in which he helped to develop with CTE the constitution under which churches there associate ecumenically.  He has also been co-chair of the UK Council for Citizens UK, and has been a member of General Synod.

CTE’s Principal Officer for Ecumenical Development and Relations, Doral Hayes, said, “I was delighted to learn of Tim’s appointment. Having worked with him directly, supporting local ecumenical work in Milton Keynes, he is an excellent fit for this post. Tim brings optimism and energy as well as hands-on experience of local ecumenism to this role. I look forward to working with him to support local ecumenism across England.”

Rev Canon Dr Malcolm Brown, Church of England Director of Faith and Public Life, said, “It is a great pleasure to welcome Tim into the Faith and Public Life Team. His experience of ecumenical relations in the UK will be invaluable across all the staff portfolios in the team and it is good that the ecumenical work of the Church of England will benefit from the energy and insight he brings”.