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York vicar to evangelise the province

09 June 2010

by a staff reporter

A NEW post of Evangelist to the Arch­bishop of York has been created by the Archbishop. The first post-holder is Canon Roger Simpson, at present Vicar of St Michael-le-Belfrey, York.

Dr Sentamu said this week: “Roger had offered to act as evangelist in the diocese — but many in the province were already asking for help. I soon realised that his gifting could be made available to the whole Province. This also helps with questions of accountability and support. . . I know he will help many congregations share the good news and engage with their com­munities.”

Canon Simpson, aged 59, will begin his new ministry this Sunday. As Archbishop’s Evangelist, he will lead missions throughout the north of England. He will also stay on at St Michael-le-Belfrey as an Associate Minister. He has been the Vicar there since 1999. He began his ministry in London, and served in Edinburgh and Vancouver. The present Assistant Curate at St Michael’s, the Revd Matthew Potter, will become Vicar.

Canon Simpson said: “I’m already booked to run missions at universities, a cathedral, towns, and villages. . . This is the sort of work that I’ve been doing throughout my ministry, but since becoming Vicar of St Michael-le-Belfrey ten years ago, I’ve devoted my time to one particular church. Now, I can help develop evangelism and mission across the north of England.”

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