Trinity welcomes Assembly Moderator
We look forward to the visit of Mr John Ellis, Assembly Moderator who will preach at our Morning Worship on Sunday 25 October.
Mr Ellis was inducted as moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church in May 2013. He will serve as moderator until General Assembly in July 2016.
The moderators of General Assembly are part of the denomination’s leadership team, acting as a point of unity but also using their wider perspective on the whole Church to inform discussions and make key decisions.
The moderators represent the United Reformed Church both internally and within the wider world; chairing major meetings, visiting churches at home and abroad, and seeking to provide worship, teaching and pastoral care.
In 2008, General Assembly agreed to move from a single moderator appointed for one year to two moderators, a minister and an elder, serving for two years alongside one another. Mr Ellis served alongside the Revd Dr Michael Jagessar until July 2014, and is serving with the Revd David Grosch‐Miller from July 2014 to July 2016.
With a three year term as Moderator, John hopes to be able to help the Church address some of the larger challenges it faces. These include how the Church’s Ministers of Word and Sacrament are best deployed and how to ensure that those church buildings which the URC still needs feel like attractive assets not burdensome liabilities. Behind such issues is the more fundamental question of what patterns of church life will sustain and deepen the discipleship of existing members while also drawing new people towards vibrant Christian faith.
As an economist and the URC’s Treasurer since 2007, John has a particular interest in how we view and use money. He has extensive experience of ethical investment campaigning, including representing the Churches in meetings with multinational companies. He has also worked on business ethics more generally, not least as Adviser to the Governor of the Bank of England.
John is also keenly interested in how the URC expresses its ecumenical commitment. In Kent he has led for the URC in a rural Local Ecumenical Partnership and helped plant an ecumenical church in a new housing development. Complementing his URC commitments, he has held positions of responsibility in Baptist, Methodist and Anglican contexts.