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Olympic Park gets pioneer minister

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - site of London 2012 Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and former Athletes' Village - has seen the appointment of its first Pioneer Minister.

The new minister, Revd Annie McTighe has said:

“I am looking forward to working alongside all the residents and stakeholders on the Olympic Park and being touch with anyone who attends or leads a church.”

Representatives of Triathlon Homes and Transforming Newham joined in a service of welcome led by Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford at Chobham Academy in Stratford with the support of Elwin Cockett, the Archdeacon of West Ham and Racheal Treweek, the Archdeacon of Hackney. 

The role is a joint venture between the Diocese of Chelmsford - home to the Stratford site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - and the Diocese of London.

Annie will live at East Village, the former Athletes Village, and have a base at St Paul’s in Stratford, a church that welcomes anyone who comes through the doors for a service, the food bank, a wedding, funeral or baptism inquiry or to find a friendly face. Bulgarian and Portuguese congregations worship in the building.

Picture (left to right): Elwin Cockett, Archdeacon of West Ham; Dave Wade, Area Dean of Newham; Annie McTighe, Pioneer Minister for the Olympic Park; Rob Wickham, Area Dean of Hackney; Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney; and Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford. 

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Culture is changing rapidly. The Church of England is committed to establishing many fresh expressions of church alongside traditional parish churches in order to become a mixed economy of traditional and new congregations. This enables all people regardless of their backgrounds and understanding of God to find a place to worship. 

To facilitate this movement the church appoints ordained ministers who are called to work in pioneering ways which are complementary to traditional parish structures. They demonstrate visionary leadership ability and a heart for mission and evangelism. In particular they have gifts in spotting, starting up and sustaining new possibilities for church’s mission.