Jonathan Evens - New role

This morning the announcement was made at St Martin-in-the-Fields that Jonathan Evens has been appointed to a new role. Jonathan shared the following news:

'I have recently been offered and have accepted the role of Team Rector in the Wickford and Runwell Team Ministry. This will mean that I will be moving on from St Martin's after Easter. 

I have taken this decision because I am ready for a new challenge in the role at Wickford and Runwell, the new role will work well for us as a family, and because I think the next phase of development for HeartEdge needs a different set of skills from those I bring to the role.

I have loved my time at St Martin's with you all. This is a very special community in which I have experienced great love, support and encouragement. I will find it very difficult to leave as a result. I have been excited, stimulated and stretched by the opportunity to be involved in the growth and development of HeartEdge. I am proud of the growth and development of HeartEdge and all that it has achieved as a movement for renewal to date. I hope I can make good use of the experiences I have had here in my new role. There are exciting developments for HeartEdge in Essex and the Chelmsford Diocese, so I hope to stay connected in in that way.

Wickford is a small, but growing, town in Essex, near to Basildon. There are three churches in the team and opportunities to explore how the learning and experiences I have been privileged to have in HeartEdge and St Martin's can be of use to the team and churches in Wickford and Runwell. I look forward, too, to getting to know the team and congregations over the months to come and to all that I will learn from them.

I want to take this first opportunity to thank all of you for the love, support and encouragement you have shown to me in my time here, to use the next few months to hand over my responsibilities here in ways that support the next stage in their development, and to ask your prayers for me and my family in this new phase of our life and ministry. Also for Wickford and Runwell as we look for the energy and life of God's Holy Spirit in that community so we can get involved in all that God is already doing there. Thank you.'