Archdeacon Kevin appointed new director of Christian charity ReSource

The Archdeacon of Carlisle, the Ven Kevin Roberts, has been appointed the new Director of the Christian charity ReSource.

The Ven Kevin Roberts, the Archdeacon of Carlisle, has been appointed the new director of Christian charity ReSource.ReSource, whose offices are based in the city of Wells in Somerset, is committed to help build a church which is diverse, local, renewed in the Spirit and effective in mission.

It means Archdeacon Kevin – who came to his post in the Diocese of Carlisle in 2009 - will leave Cumbria at the end of March.

He said: “I felt called to the position of Archdeacon after 25 years in parish ministry and with a passion for supporting my fellow clergy in their front line roles.

“It’s been a privilege to work with so many of them during the seven years I have been here as well as with so many Churchwardens who I have great respect for as their leadership roles continue to grow.

“I have also very much enjoyed being a part of the Bishop’s Senior Leadership team, particularly at a time when the diocese has placed such an emphasis on mission and discipleship being at the heart of what we must be about.”

Archdeacon Kevin comes to his new role after spending two years as a trustee of ReSource as well as leading five ‘Rooted in Jesus’ trips to Zambia, Burundi and Rwanda, organised by the charity, and which look to build discipleship in Africa.

ReSource was formed in 2003 and was commissioned the following year by the then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. It looks to work with churches at a national, regional and local level to help increase confidence and support growth. Its patron is the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Archdeacon Kevin will take on the role of Director following the death of the organisation’s previous Director Martin Cavender last July. Since then Alison Morgan – ReSource’s thinker and writer and Director of its Rooted in Jesus programme - has acted as Interim Director.

“I want to build on the wonderful work begun by Martin and Alison,” added Archdeacon Kevin. “The foundations are strong and firm on which to build for the future and there will be much prayer and conversation in order for us all to discern what the Holy Spirit wants of ReSource in the years to come.

“It will be a privilege to lead the team and to build on the work that has gone before in order that we can look to broaden our reach.

“I believe that ReSource has a unique contribution to make to the Church. Our commitment is to serve the national and local leadership of churches of all denominations and to encourage a deeper engagement with God the Holy Spirit, as the source of our new life in Christ and as the inspiration for our mission.”

The Ven David Picken, Chair of Trustees for ReSource, said: “We’re delighted that Kevin is to be the new Director of ReSource and are confident that he will build on the tremendous work which has gone before.

“In recent years we have worked together closely, both as Trustees and through the Rooted in Jesus programme, and I know that we have in Kevin a leader who is passionate about encouraging people to know the renewing power of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in their churches.”

Kevin and Anne RobertsKevin’s wife, Anne, who is currently a hospital chaplain at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary, has been appointed the Palace Pastor for the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Her part-time role will see her support all the staff who live and work on the site as well as exploring how the palace and gardens can be interpreted spiritually.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, said: “Kevin has been a tremendously hardworking, faithful and supportive friend and colleague in all the years that we have worked together.

“He has always demonstrated tremendous commitment to the diocesan vision to grow disciples and has been a wonderful support to clergy in his Archdeaconry, as well as an inspirational Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education.

“As the Church of England’s lead bishop on healthcare issues, I know only too well how vitally important the work of hospital chaplains is for all those who are served by and work in our health services.

“Anne has done tremendous work since she came to Cumbria, first as Healing Advisor for the diocese, as temporary Diocesan Director of Ordinands and latterly as hospital chaplain.

“God is leading both Kevin and Anne into a wonderful new chapter in their lives; one which will continue to allow them to live out their tremendous faith together. They will go with our deepest gratitude, best wishes and continued prayers.”

Notes for editors
Kevin Roberts was born in the North East. He completed his first degree in economics and history at Queens’ College Cambridge, where he became a Christian. He then spent a year teaching at Bishop Gwynne College in Southern Sudan before studying theology at St John’s College Nottingham, where he met and married his wife Anne.

In 1983 he was appointed curate of Beverley Minster in the Diocese of York where he served for three years, before moving to St James’ Woodley in Reading as curate-in-charge for five years.

He then spent 18 years in Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, seeing the congregation grow from 150 to more than 500, overseeing a £1.4 million church extension project and two church plants in a school and community building. He was also Rural Dean of Shrewsbury for 10 years.

In January 2009 he joined the Diocese of Carlisle as Archdeacon. He also served as chair of the Board of Education with responsibility for diocesan work with children and young people as well as being involved with the development of Network Youth Churches and the internship programme. He is also a Residentiary Canon of Carlisle Cathedral.

He and Anne have three grown up children and two grandchildren.

For further information about ReSource please visit http://www.resource-arm.net/.

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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.