New Warden of Readers appointed

Lay Reader Sue Waterston has been appointed as the Warden of Readers for the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

Sue, who serves on Bishop’s Council and is PCC Secretary at St Giles’ Costock, said: “I am humbled, delighted and excited at the prospect of being the next Warden of Readers at a time of growth and change in the Diocese.

“Lay ministry has long been my passion and I believe we have a key role to play in the implementation of the diocesan vision. Being called to pastorally support my brothers and sisters in Christ in this important work is a real privilege.”

Sue, who works for the homelessness charity Framework, will have a particular focus on providing pastoral care for the growing number of Readers and Licensed Lay Minsters in the diocese, and will also help to devise a framework for deploying this valuable ministry for mission and growth.

She will work with a wider team supporting Readers; the training and development of Readers and Lay Ministers will continue to be held within the framework of the School of Discipleship under the expertise of The Revd James Halstead.

Bishop Paul said: “I am delighted that Sue has kindly accepted my invitation to be the Diocesan Warden of Readers with immediate effect.

“Sue brings to this role not only her considerable experience as a Reader but also her strong pastoral gifts exercised through her role as a trainer for the diocese and in the workplace.

“May I take this opportunity to once again acknowledge the tireless contribution of our previous Warden of Readers, Mr Chris Perrett, who has helped to lay such strong foundations on which to build for the future.”