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New Partnership Secretary for Board of Mission

The Rev Stephen Lyon, Principal of the Southwark Ordained Local Ministry Scheme, has been appointed Partnership Secretary of the Church of England's Board of Mission. He will take up the post in October, in succession to John Clark, who was appointed Chief Secretary for Mission to the Archbishops' Council.

The Partnership Secretary is responsible for the work of the Church of England's Partnership for World Mission (PWM), the forum in which the Church's voluntary world mission agencies co-ordinate action in England and overseas with the Archbishops' Council and General Synod. It also co-ordinates, nationally, the work of diocesan companion links.

Stephen Lyon (52) was ordained in 1977 and served as curate in Hull, chaplain of Lee Abbey and vicar of Norbiton (Southwark Diocese), before becoming Rural Dean of Kingston. He has been Principal of the Southwark Ordained Local Ministry Scheme since 1992.

Speaking of his appointment, Mr Lyon said, "The value of PWM is its potential for enablingthe continuous conversation between the Church of England, at all its many levels, and the World Church, particularly through the mission agencies. The challenge of helping this conversation to be creative, resulting in new learning as well as listening, was at the heart of what attracted me to the job."