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Byline: Helen Thomas NEWS REPORTER

A NEW Archdeacon has been appointed for Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Venerable John Green will take on the role of Archdeacon Pastor of the Diocese of Coventry.

Traditionally the diocese has had two archdeacons - one for the Coventry area and one for the Warwick area.

But when Bishop Christopher Cocksworth was appointed in 2008 he decided to change the roles to Archdeacon Missioner - which was created in 2010 - and Archdeacon Pastor.

Both will work across the entire diocese in Coventry and Warwickshire, but they will each have a distinctive focus with The Archdeacon Pastor seeking to enhance the quality of relationships within (and between) churches and local communities.

Bishop Christopher said: "John Green has won many hearts over the last months through his energy, skill and dedication as Acting Archdeacon of Coventry. "I am delighted that he will be joining us on a permanent basis as our first Archdeacon Pastor. John will bring deep and varied experience of ministry in a number of settings to this new position.

"He already knows what it is to be an Archdeacon both in the Navy and the Diocese but I know that he will also bring innovation a nd imagination into this new work as he seeks to nurture the relationships that are needed to move a fleet of people and parishes in the right direction. I very much look forward to working with him in his new ministry among us."

Archdeacon Pastor John Green said: "Archdeacons' ministry is often thought of as enforcing church law for the sake of order.

"However, I see my future role as safeguarding order so that loving relationships can flourish, making new disciples and transforming communities." John was born in East London and although his family only attended church occasionally, his mother taught him to pray regularly from an early age.

He learnt the organ in school and went on to become the assistant organist at his parish church.

He studied physics at a London polytechnic and, after meeting her in his church, married Jan in 1977. They went on to have two sons, Tony and Greg.

John began training for the ministry in 1980 and went on to work in churches in Watford and St Albans.

He later got involved with the sea cadets and the Royal Navy, where he served as chaplain for 15 years.

John Green will be installed as Archdeacon Pastor in the Coventry Cathedral on 9th December during the 10.30 am Cathedral Eucharist.


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Date:Oct 18, 2012
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