​Revd Paul Hinton announced as new Head of Ministry Formation
21 March 2019 by Cara Butowski

​Revd Paul Hinton announced as new Head of Ministry Formation

The Bishop of Aston and Director of Ministry are delighted to announce the appointment of The Reverend Paul Hinton, currently Vicar of St Hilda, Warley Woods and Assistant DDO, to the new post of Head of Ministry Formation, which he will take up in June 2019.

Bishop Anne says, “I am thrilled with the appointment of the Revd Paul Hinton as the new Head of Ministry Formation for Birmingham. From his experience as a Parish Priest, Reader Supervisor and Training Incumbent, and as an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Paul has much wisdom and experience to bring to the role. He will be taking up oversight of training for Readers, Lay Pastoral Teams, and Initial Ministerial Education for curates. He will also be involved in shaping new flexible pathways in learning and formation for those preparing for authorized and licensed ministry, lay and ordained, including for ordained local ministry”.

Paul read politics at St John’s College, Durham, and went on to work for 16 years as a journalist for the Express & Star in the Black Country boroughs of Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall.

He trained for ordination at The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham and served his curacy at St Giles’ Rowley Regis.

He has been vicar of St Hilda, Warley Woods since 2009. For six of those years he has been a Vocations Adviser and, since September 2017, has also served as an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands. Paul is married to Michaela who is a practice nurse. They have two adult children. He enjoys landscape photography, long hill walks and relaxing where live music is performed.

Paul says, “I am honoured to be taking up this new role of Head of Ministry Formation. I look forward to working with many colleagues, lay and ordained, as together we shape training which builds on all that has been good and animates wise and relevant learning for authorised ministry across the Diocese. I particularly respond to the challenge of developing a culture of learning where lay and ordained ministers join together as equals.

It is going to be a big wrench to leave St Hilda’s Warley Woods, where I have had the huge privilege of being Vicar for the last 10 years. I have learned so much from the faithful people of this loving community of Christians and from the clergy and people of Warley Deanery: especially about learning together in context, collaborating in mission and encouraging and fostering the vocations of lay and ordained people. My greatest joy has been overseeing the formation of faithful followers of Jesus in the parish context. I look forward to sharing in this joyful work across the Diocese.”

This new role will come under the oversight of The Revd Canon Dr Mark Pryce, Director of Ministry and will be responsible for the training and development of the variety of authorised and licensed ministries in the Diocese

Mark Pryce says, “Paul’s valuable experience of collaborative leadership and transformative mission in the local church will enrich the committed network of volunteer Tutors and CME Advisers supporting the ministry development of Lay Pastoral Teams, Readers, Curates and Training Incumbents. I much look forward to working with him as a colleague in the new role of Head of Ministry Formation as we take forward the reimagining of ministry for Church of England Birmingham.”


Below is the training and formation network for licensed and commissioned lay and ordained ministries:

Director of Ministry: The Revd Canon Mark Pryce

Director of Ordinands & Vocation Development: The Revd Calvert Prentis

Assistant DDO: The Revd Emma Sykes,

Vocation Advisers, Examining Chaplains, Bishops’ Panel Advisers.

Head of Ministry Formation: The Revd Paul Hinton.

Reader Tutors IME1: Theresa Perry, Stephanie Haynes, Moira Johnstone.

Reader Tutors IME2: The Revd Canon Helen Hingley, The Revd Nick Ross.

Reader CME Committee.

Offering Pastoral Care & Community Skills Steering Group & CME Advisers:
Allannah Brennan, Pauline Griffiths, The Revd Val Hicks, The Revd Jayne Crookes, The Revd Deb Buckley.

Associate IME2 Advisers for Curates: The Revd Dr Sharon Jones, The Revd Hazel White.

Bishop’s Lay Assessor for Curates: Mary Edwards.