Rydal Hall general manager appointed to new role

The general manager of the Diocese of Carlisle’s conference and retreat centre is set to leave after being appointed to a new role.

Jonathon Green, 58, has been in post at Rydal Hall since 2007 but will leave next month after being offered the position of Warden at the Diocese of Chester’s Foxhill retreat centre at Frodsham in Cheshire.

Jonathon and Anne GreenSince joining Rydal Hall Jonathon has overseen the completion of the historic building’s garden refurbishment, renovation of the Old Schoolroom Tea Shop, refurbishment of the Youth Centre, provision of new campsite facilities, the creation of en-suite facilities in the main hall and the redevelopment of the site’s water turbine which generates electricity to power the hall with excess fed into the national grid.

He and his wife, Anne, have lived on site since coming to Cumbria, initially with their daughter Katherine, 27 and twin boys, 25-year-olds James and Sam.

Jonathon said: “We have both been reflecting on our time here and we’re very grateful for the opportunity we’ve had to minister at Rydal Hall.

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the young people of our community and work with our staff. We’ve seen the centre grow and develop with the diocese’s vision of mission and outreach at the heart of all we do.”

Jonathon and his sons have all gone for ordination while at Rydal Hall. He was ordained Deacon in 2013, was priested the following year and serves as a curate at Rydal and Grasmere.

James is currently serving a curacy in Edinburgh and Sam is about to be ordained and work in the Diocese of Liverpool after completing his studies at Ridley Hall theological college in Cambridge.

“We boys came to Rydal with no thought of ordination on our mind,” Jonathon added, “and we all leave as ordained people.

“It speaks to me of the closeness of God that you feel here at Rydal and that’s certainly something which I have seen played out regularly for our visitors.

“When I was appointed, one of my aims was to bring the Rydal Hall community closer to the village communities and I’d like to think that my curacy has helped achieve that. I know I will miss everyone here and in the surrounding area.”

Jonathon will continue in his role as general manager until July 24 and will take up his new post in mid-August.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the new challenge and to pick up and lead the Diocese of Chester’s vision that their centre is one of mission, prayer and spirituality.”

After initially training at a catering college on the Isle of Man, where he was born, Jonathon later trained in hotel management at Blackpool Catering College.

He also studied at the Emmanuel Bible College from 1986 and worked in two churches in the North West before being appointed general manager at the Diocese of Sheffield’s retreat centre, Whirlow Grange.

The Ven Penny Driver, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness and Chair of the Rydal Hall Board of Trustees, said: “Everyone at the diocese would like to thank Jonathon and Anne for their dedicated service to the community of Rydal Hall and all the thousands of visitors they have helped care for during their stay.

“There’s been real growth and development during Jonathon’s tenure and he has demonstrated a real Christian commitment to mission throughout his nine years here. It’s also been wonderful to witness his personal faith journey with his and his sons’ call to ordination.

“We would wish Jonathon, Anne and their family every success for the future. They will remain in our prayers as God takes them to their new place of ministry at Foxhill.”

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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.