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Vernon Ross is the next Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness

Revd Vernon Ross, our Barking Area Mission and Ministry Advisor, has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness in south Cumbria. Vernon, who is also an associate priest in the Chigwell and Chigwell Row team ministry, will take up the post in February.

The Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome, has welcomed Vernon’s appointment:

“Vernon Ross has shown he has tremendous and demonstrable talents for missional and spiritual growth as well as strategic oversight in order to bring new people to discipleship in Jesus Christ. He has also shown a great commitment to leading that vision forward ecumenically."

Vernon commented:

“I’m delighted to be joining the Diocese of Carlisle. Like Chelmsford Diocese, Carlisle is placing a real focus on mission, evangelism and discipleship and a desire to work across denominational boundaries.

"I have really enjoyed working in  the dynamic setting that is East London and Essex with such a gifted group of colleagues both lay and ordained, and both Francesca and I will miss the many friends that we have made here.”

The Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill said:

"Vernon is a deeply committed and able minister of the Gospel who is well equipped for the role of a missional Archdeacon.  His dedicated and creative ministry will be a loss to the Barking Episcopal Area. The Diocese of Carlisle are fortunate to gain such a strategic, mission-focused leader on their senior team."

Vernon will be ‘collated and installed’ (or admitted) as Archdeacon at a special service in Carlisle Cathedral on a date yet to be fixed.

Picture: Revd Vernon and Mrs Francesca Ross.