ST THOMAS' Anglican Church has the honour of being home to a recently appointed Archdeacon.
Reverend John West was named Missional Archdeacon of the Grafton Diocese by Bishop Keith Slater.
In his prestigious new role, Archdeacon West is in charge of the southern end of the diocese, which covers Port Macquarie to the Queensland border.
He will look after 15 parishes, which belong to the southern region from Yamba in the north.
The new Archdeacon has been at St Thomas’ for three years and previously spent six years in the diocese of Newcastle.
He said he looked forward to sharing ideas with members from the other parishes in the area that he will service.
“I’m getting ready to visit the other parishes and find out what they have been up to,” Rev West said.
“Any good ideas I happen to come across in my travels
will be shared around so that we can properly engage the community.”
He said he was excited to take on the new role.
“It’s an opportunity to do things that I’m passionate about and spread the message of the Gospel,” he said.
“I will be able to work beside rectors from other parishes to help direct or focus on connecting with the people in our community.”