THE Bishop of St Asaph has appointed Revd Canon John Lomas – currently working with the ministry team in Wrexham – as the new Archdeacon of St Asaph.
As Archdeacon, John will oversee around a third of churches in the Diocese of St Asaph, helping to look after parishes from Llandudno Junction in the west to Holywell and Flint in the east. To be Archdeacon means he will have supervisory duties and responsibilities supporting the Bishop in the Archdeaconry of St Asaph.
John was ordained in 1994 and has served his entire ministry in the Diocese of St Asaph, starting as a Curate in Rhyl before serving as Vicar of Holywell for 10 years. Since 2011 he has served as Transition Missioner for the Diocese, helping parishes with no current Vicar to think about the future of their ministry.
Commenting on his new appointment, John said:
“I’m really pleased to become Archdeacon of St Asaph – especially at a time when the whole ethos of the Church seems to be changing from maintenance to mission – it excites me.
“Traditionally Archdeacons have been seen in a particular way, dealing with format and structure, but I would like the emphasis to be firmly on mission. I want to encourage the people, not just focus on the buildings.”
John will also serve as Rector of Caerwys and Bodfari and will take up his new ministry after the current Archdeacon of St Asaph the Venerable Chris Potter retires in October.
The Right Revd Dr Gregory K Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph added:
“I will be delighted to welcome Canon John Lomas to the role of Archdeacon of St Asaph toward the end of the year. John has a proven track record as a successful and innovative parish priest, and he will bring considerable flair to the support of the clergy and to diocesan life.”