Pastoral Committee

Caring for the people of God

Synod Pastoral Committee

Convener: Rev Jason McCullagh
Minutes Secretary: Ms Katherine Buckland
Ministries Committee Convener: Mrs Kath Lonsdale


Aire Valley:   Vacant

Bradford + Saltaire URC:   Mr John Rider

Central Area:  Mrs Gill Chapman (Harrogate Mission & Care Group) / Mrs Sheana Dudley (Leeds Mission & Care Group)

SPACE Group: Mr John Rider

Castleford, Flanshaw & Knottingley: Rev Jenny Morgan

Eastern Area:   Mrs Kathy Webb

Western Area Huddersfield and Calderdale: Revd. Justine Wyatt

Southern Area:   Mrs Judith Garthwaite / Mr Trevor Orr

Ecumenical Sub-Committee:

Aire Valley/Bradford:  Vacant

Central:   Mrs Terasa Raddings

East:   Rev David Coote

South:   Mr Rod Morrison

West: Cald/Hudd:  Vacant

Retired Minister Links:

Aire Valley/Bradford:  Mrs Valerie Jenkins

Central:  Rev Helga Cornell

East:   Mrs Jane-Anne Frame

South:   Vacant

West: Revd. John Jenkinson

Committee aims

  • To implement the Synod Deployment Policy
  • To offer pastoral support for churches and chaplaincies
  • To advise and assist in matters relating to establishing, grouping, amalgamation or dissolution of local churches both within the United Reformed Church and with other denominations liaising with other synod committees as necessary.

Range of Activity

  • The detailed arrangements relating to vacancies and calls, such as: Appointing Interim Moderators, Grouping and Scoping of Pastorates, Declaration of vacancies, concurrence with calls, arrangements for services of ordination and induction, attendance at staffing consultative groups.
  • Maintaining effective working relationships with Ecumenical partners
  • Meeting regularly with the Synod’s Ecumenical Officers for proper networking, support and encouragement.
  • The working out of the implementation of the Deployment Policy
  • Supporting the work of Mission and Care Groups in their pastoral care for the churches in the group.

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Synod Council



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