The Revd Jon Turner has been appointed as Director of New Christian Communities for the Church of England Birmingham. This is a new role supported for five years through Strategic Development Funding from the Church Commissioners and building on the developments in church-planting and new Christian communities that have already begun.
Jon was ordained in the Baptist Church but has in recent years found his home in the Church of England. He has also worked extensively in ecumenical contexts and across church traditions. He has for the last five years been serving as UK Country Manager for Christian Vision, as well as helping to resource the Archbishops’ initiative “Thy Kingdom Come” in his spare time!
Commenting on his appointment Bishop Anne said “Jon has a wealth of mission and church-planting experience in the UK and beyond, and has been involved in developing a wide range of new Christian Communities within diverse contexts. He will bring faith, focus and strategic leadership to our vision of reaching new people in new places in new ways”.
Amongst his previous experience Jon has worked in executive roles with the Saltmine Trust heading up mission and evangelism, and with the Heart of England Baptist Association supporting regional mission and church-planting. He has also been Associate Executive Minister for The Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and Director of the Atlantic Baptist Mission Board.
The new role will bring together the whole spectrum of new Christian communities including fresh expressions and church-planting in all shapes, sizes and traditions. Jon will be working with a small talented team of specialists - including our Fresh Expressions Enabler, Mark Berry, Shaping the Future Programme Manager, Steve Cook, and the Revd Ali Herbert who will be supporting the area of learning communities and church-planting vocations. Between them they will offer a rich resource to local and deanery plans as the People and Places framework continues to take shape.
Jon said “I’m delighted to have been appointed to this new role and to have the opportunity to support the growth of new Christian Communities within the Church of England Birmingham. I am passionate about mission and evangelism, and look forward very much to working with colleagues and those called to lead in new and diverse contexts”.
Jon is a keen supporter of West Bromwich Albion and has two young daughters.
He takes up his new role in mid-September.