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National Worship Development Officer appointed

The Revd Peter Moger, Vicar of Godmanchester (Ely diocese) since 2001 and previously Precentor of Ely Cathedral, has been appointed National Worship Development Officer by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. 

Peter will start his new job in July, and will be working with the Liturgical Commission in this newly-created post to promote good practice in the preparation and leading of worship.  The main focus of the role will be leading the development of a co-ordinated programme of training and development for worship leaders, including the preparation and production of suitable resources.

The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield and Chairman-designate of the Liturgical Commission, said: “The completion of Common Worship has given the Church of England outstanding liturgical resources.  We now need to learn how to use these resources outstandingly. Peter Moger's varied experience and wide knowledge of worship makes him the ideal person to set us out on this exciting road.” 

Mr Moger said: “Good worship forms the basis of effective mission, welcome and growth in discipleship.  I am looking forward immensely to working in this new post, and in facing the challenges it presents.”

Peter Moger (41) was educated at Wootton Bassett School and Merton College, Oxford, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music followed by a postgraduate Bachelor of Music degree.  He was a music teacher before ordination.  He trained for the ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham, where the late Michael Vasey was one of his tutors.  Peter is married to Heather, a music teacher and performer, and they have two sons.

Ordained in 1993, Peter served as an assistant curate in Whitby, North Yorkshire (York diocese).  He was Precentor, Sacrist and Minor Canon at Ely Cathedral between 1995 and 2001, before returning to parish ministry in Godmanchester.