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A note about clergy roles and titles

News St Martin – Talking Points

Friday 1 November 2013

From today, Revds Katherine Hedderly and Richard Carter receive new titles and slightly adjusted roles. Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields Revd Dr Sam Wells explains the changes.


In recognition of their seniority and their role in the St Martin’s community, and in order to make more transparent the respective roles they each carry out at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Revd Richard Carter and Revd Katherine Hedderly will, from 1 November, be receiving new job titles and slightly revised job profiles. Katherine will be known as Associate Vicar for Ministry and Richard will be known as Associate Vicar for Mission.

As Associate Vicar for Ministry, Katherine will have oversight of the general well-being of the congregational life of St Martin’s – its pattern of worship, its administration, its nurture and its spirituality. As Associate Vicar for Mission, Richard will have general oversight of the pastoral care, education, and fellowship of the congregation and its face-to-face outreach to disadvantaged people.

Revd Clare Herbert will continue in her half-time role as Lecturer in Inclusive Theology, with primary responsibility for inclusion and a significant role in education and fellowship. As Vicar I will continue to concentrate on whole-organisation leadership and strategy, seeking to make the diverse parts of our community – the Appeal, the Connection, the Chinese, the Enterprise, the schools, the broadcasting – and many of our external partners sing in harmony and make St Martin’s greater than the sum of its parts.

All of the clergy will continue to have visible roles in almost all of these different areas, but I’m sending this note both to recognise the gifts of Richard and Katherine and to seek to make more transparent who you might want to speak to if you have an interest in or concern about any part of our common life.

With best Wishes

Sam