Connor Appoints Pioneer Evangelist In North Belfast


A Pioneer Evangelist appointed by the Diocese of Connor and the Church Army is now engaged in establishing community links in north Belfast.

The appointment of Stephen Whitten, aged 25, is the first step towards the Bishop of Connor’s aspiration to create a Centre of Mission for the diocese which will have a particular focus in north Belfast.

Two Church Army staff trained in pioneer ministry will aim to establish new communities of faith, and will also seek to train and equip parishes and people across Connor Diocese in what this might mean for each and every context. The post of Pioneer Lead Evangelist has been advertised.

Stephen grew up in east Belfast and now lives in Dundonald. A former pupil of Grosvenor Grammar School, he did a Foundation Degree in Rural and Countryside Management at Greenmount College.

Stephen was involved in a youth drop–in outreach project in Moneyreagh, and did a year as a Church Army Intern in Bangor, Co Down, part of which was spent in Romania with the charity Networks Romania.

Stephen’s internship also involved working with the Primacy Church, street outreach, running children’s clubs, community days, Messy Church, and establishing a new church plant.

Stephen did a two–year degree in Environmental Science …read more

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