Lay Pastoral Associate Appointment Announced
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Deb Saffin as the Licensed Lay Pastoral Associate at Christ Church. She will take up her position in September. This 3–year pilot project will be a ¼–time position, to be funded from funds raised through our Together in Mission stewardship campaign.
Deb brings many gifts to this position, including a strong faith, a keen desire to learn more and grow in her faith, and a strong compassionate heart. She will take primary responsibility for pastoral visiting in the parish, and will also promote church membership visiting. As part of this ministry, she will also work with the Prayer Chain. Archbishop John (Diocese of Kootenay) has approved Deb as the right person for this position, and he will issue a license for her in September. We fully support this vocation for Deb, and believe she is uniquely qualified to take on this ministry.
We will hold a Service of Commissioning for Deb in early September. It will be an opportunity for us to welcome Deb as part of the leadership team at Christ Church. We will be able to express our support and gratitude for her ministry among us.
Thanks be to God for this evidence of God’s working among us, enabling us to grow in our ministry.