New Youth Minister appointed

New Youth Minister appointed


Chris West has been appointed as our new Parish Youth Minister and he will join the Ministry Team in September.

Chris has been Director of Youth Work at St Laurence’s Church, Reading since 2007 and his work there has included overseeing the safe delivery of all youth activities including lunch clubs, schools work, youth clubs, mentoring projects, small groups, Sunday youth talks, youth weekends away, summer camps, school holiday activities and an annual social action project called “The Noise”.

Prior to his work at St Laurence’s he was the Youth and Children’s Outreach Worker for Churches Together in Caversham. He trained for his ministry at Oxford Brookes University and at the DNA Discipleship School, London.

Chris underwent separate interviews on May 12th with the Vicar, the churchwardens and then the 3 “Young Leaders” from Messy Church and all were excited and very positive about the appointment. He then met the Junior Choir, older Sunday Club members and the PCC at an informal reception in the Ark.

He will become a full member of the Ministry Team and will oversee all our work with young people, whilst specialising in a ministry to those of Secondary School age. His ministry will formally begin at a special commissioning during the Family Service on September 2nd.