The Church Buildings and Pastoral Reorganisation team brings together several statutory and non-statutory functions relating to the care and use of church buildings and churchyards, and the organisation of parishes and benefices. The team comprises staff administering the functions of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (‘DAC’) and the Mission and Pastoral Committees (‘M&P’) as well as our Buildings for Mission Officer.
The DAC is here to help parishes care for their buildings in the best way and develop churches as centres of mission that serve God’s people, with due regard to their architecture, archaeology, art and history.
Anyone thinking about making any changes to a church building, churchyard or any structure within the boundaries of church land should involve the DAC. Almost all works to church buildings, their contents and churchyards will require permission from either the Archdeacon (List B permission) or the Chancellor (faculty permission), and the DAC will provide advice on all types of work. The DAC and its staff can support parishes at all stages of a project, from initial thoughts, through fundraising and making a faculty application, to completion. It also provides training events and guidance notes for various subjects relating to the care of church buildings and churchyards.
The M&P staff handle a broad base of work and can provide advice on numerous matters relating to reorganisations of parishes and benefices. In all this work, the M&P Committees and their staff have particular regard to worship and mission as central to the life of the diocese, working to ensure pastoral needs are met in all communities.
Areas covered include the suspension of a patron’s rights of presentation, reorganisations such as unions of benefices and or parishes, creation or termination of Team Ministries/Group Ministries/Pluralities, parish boundary changes and Deanery alterations. The work relates to the closure of church buildings and finding new uses following closure, and appropriation of churchyards for new use. The staff aim to smooth what can be a traumatic and difficult process in every way possible.
Buildings for Mission
The Buildings for Mission Officer is involved throughout the diocese on several initiatives that aim to grow the use of church buildings for local communities as a means of outreach and mission, and to keep the buildings alive, functional and serving the needs of congregations and the wider population. She is particularly focused on helping and encouraging parishes to seek to build fruitful and mutually beneficial partnerships within the local community, especially growing links with Local Authorities and third sector groups. By seeing church buildings as a shared interest between congregations and communities, creative and dynamic extended uses can be delivered for the benefit of all involved.
Who we are
Assistant DAC Secretary
Church Buildings Support Officer
Mission & Pastoral Administrator
|Ven Paul Ayers||Archdeacon of Leeds|
|Ven Dr Anne Dawtry||Archdeacon of Halifax|
|Ven Jonathan Gough||Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven|
|Ven Dr Andy Jolley||Archdeacon of Bradford|
|Ven Peter Townley||Archdeacon of Pontefract and Chair of the DAC|
|Fr Jonathan Bish||Diocesan Synod Representative|
|Christopher Hammond||Joint National Amenity Society Representative|
|Robert Haskins||Diocesan Synod Representative|
|Brian Jones||Structural Engineer|
|Michael Montgomery||Engineering Expertise|
|Brian Pearson||Conservation Planning Expertise|
|Revd John Rogers||Electrical Engineering Expertise|
|Ken Sharp||Lighting Adviser|
|Anne Smith||Planning Expertise|
|Jessica Thomas||Local Authority Representative|
|Sue Wrathmell||Historic England Representative & Tree Adviser|
|Andrew Aspland||Bell Adviser|
|Robert Cater||Bell Adviser|
|Edward Bacon||Clock Adviser|
|Tim Gray||Organ Adviser|
|Edward Scott||Organ Adviser|
|Roger Glister||Heating Adviser|
|Louise Hampson||Conservation Adviser|
|Lauren Piper||Conservation Adviser|
|Jonathan Cooke||Stained Glass Adviser|
|Elizabeth Hippisley-Cox||Stained Glass Adviser|
|Canon Bob Hopper||Audio Visual Adviser|
|Tim Scholes||Audio Visual Adviser|
|Doug Whiteley||Audio Visual Adviser|
|Celia Kilner||Art Adviser|
|Ulrike Knox||Conservation Architect Adviser|
|Jemima Parker||Environmental Adviser|
|Dr Angela Z. Redmond||Archaeological Adviser|
|Ian Roberts||Archaeological Adviser|