The Revd Peter Harwood has been appointed as the Diocese of Guildford’s Director of Mission.
Peter has been Vicar of Christ Church Woking since 2002 and his ministry has included being a school governor, serving on Bishop’s Council and as Area Dean of Woking, and speaking on Richmond holidays. Peter is also a medical doctor and used to specialise in palliative care for people with AIDS.
Commenting on his appointment, Peter said:
“Having served in this diocese for 16 years in a local church, I am thrilled and honoured to have been invited to take up this role. The potential to equip and align the main ministry teams at Church House to serve local churches better for mission, along the lines of Transforming Churches, Transforming Lives, is both daunting and challenging. It is however critical, as we seek to build healthy growing churches that bring the Good News to the last, the least and the lost. I look forward to working with all those who serve and lead in churches, chaplaincies and schools.”
As Director of Mission, Peter will lead the new Mission Team with responsibility for ensuring parishes are supported in formulating Church Development Plans and for the diocese’s ministry training plan. He will also oversee our vocations work and our community engagement.
Bishop Andrew commented:
“I am delighted that Peter has accepted my invitation to become our new Director of Mission, drawing together the Community Engagement Team, the Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry Team and the Parish Development and Evangelism Team under one overall leader, as recommended by our recent Church House Review.
“Peter has a deep commitment to the mission of the Church and its potential to make a transformative impact on the community, and has fostered a great number of vocations, ordained and lay, during his distinguished ministry at Christ Church Woking.
“Along with our newly-appointed Archdeacon he will make an excellent contribution to the senior team and the life of the wider diocese.”
Peter will take up his new role in the Autumn.