New Rural Dean for Hereford
A new Rural Dean has been appointed for the Hereford Deanery (City and Rural).
Revd Neil Patterson will take on the role from 1 August while also continuing as Diocesan Director of Vocations and Ordinands.
Speaking of the appointment, The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith said: "Neil Patterson is an ideal person to build on the excellent work which Chris Moore has done as rural dean.
"Hereford deanery clergy are all fully stretched, but they are committed to working increasingly closely together, clergy and lay people across the deanery.
"Neil has the vision, clarity of thinking and energy to encourage this to happen."
Revd Neil, whose parish experience includes seven years as vicar of a group of six rural parishes in Herefordshire and as Team Vicar for Ross will take on the role from 1 August.
He replaces Revd Dr Chris Moore who has been in the role since October 2016.
Revd Neil Patterson said: "I am delighted to accept this additional responsibility as Rural Dean of Hereford at a time of change and development in the city and Diocese.
"A good deal of valuable work has already taken place to plan for mission in the deanery, and I look forward to building on it as I get to know the clergy and lay leaders better in the coming years."