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3rd July 2018
The Bishop of Leicester, as Chair of the Central Readers’ Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Haldane as Reader Training Project Manager.
This is a new role created by CRC to develop its work of supporting Readers across the Church of England and the Church in Wales.
Ruth was licensed as a Reader in 2015 and is Deputy Warden of Readers for Blackburn Diocese. She currently manages a Trussell Trust foodbank in the Ribble Valley, with 75 volunteers from local churches working across two centres. Previously, she held a senior management position in a large housing association.
Her new role will involve coordinating the development of new training resources for Readers. These resources will be focused on the CRC’s priorities of enabling Readers to be teachers of the faith, enablers of mission and leaders in church and society. Resources will be developed in partnership with other organisations and offered for use in dioceses as well as online.
Speaking of her appointment, Ruth says: “As a Reader, I have a passion to see all Readers being trained and equipped to serve the 21st century church. Readers are uniquely placed to teach the faith, to lead and mentor, and to be missional on their frontlines, bringing their experience back into the church community. I feel privileged to be given the role of Reader Training Project Manager and will do my utmost, with God's help and in collaboration with others, to carry forward the role of Reader into its unique place in God’s church."
Bishop Martyn, Chair of CRC commented: “This is an exciting time for Readers. Not only are Readers increasingly being called on to lead churches, they are also rediscovering their charism as teachers. I am delighted that Ruth has agreed to take on this new role. Her experience of project management and her commitment to Reader ministry will be a great gift to the wider church.”
Ruth is married to Graham and they have three children, two surviving, and three grandchildren. She is part of the leadership team of St James' Church, Clitheroe, as well as being a member of a local choir and a keen walker. She will take up her new appointment in September.
For further information please contact the Bishop of Leicester’s office.