16 April 2012
The Revd Arun Arora has been appointed to serve the Church of
England as Director of Communications at Church House, Westminster,
following a competitive process.
The Communications Office, previously led by Peter Crumpler,
provides direct support to the Archbishops' Council, Church
Commissioners and Pensions Board, and works closely with Lambeth
and Bishopthorpe Palaces, other bishops' offices, diocesan
communications officers and cathedrals. Arun will take up the
Director's post in the summer.
Welcoming the appointment, the Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of
Norwich and lead bishop on communications, said: "Arun Arora
is a person of great and varied talents. His skills as a
communications professional are matched by the insights he has
gained since ordination. I know his appointment will be warmly
welcomed within the Church of England and well beyond it, too."
Arun currently serves as the Team Leader of Wolverhampton
Pioneer Ministries, a fresh expression of church based in
Wolverhampton City Centre. Prior to his move to Wolverhampton, Arun
served his curacy in Harrogate where he also served for three years
as Director of Communications to the Archbishop of York and prior
to that for four years as Bishop's Press Officer and Director of
Communications in the Diocese of Birmingham.
Speaking of his new appointment, Arun said: "Her Majesty the
Queen recently remarked that the Church of England was commonly
under-appreciated and occasionally misunderstood. I look forward to
working with others to increase both the appreciation and
understanding of the work of the Church.
"The Church of England has a fantastic story to tell of lives
and communities being transformed by people in God through faith.
There is a largely unnoticed army of men and women who give of
themselves in service to others on a daily basis as they live out
their faith. From the most urban of estates to the greenest of
villages, the Church is alive in service to God and the people of
"Whether in schools or hospitals, with the armed forces or in
international development, inside church buildings or out on the
streets, the CofE is at work, showing the love of God in Jesus,
vitally and practically every day. It's a story I'm looking forward
Biographical Details: The Revd. Arun Arora is 40 years old,
married with one young daughter. He was born and raised in
Birmingham where he studied Law and Politics at degree level, later
practising as a Solicitor for four years. From 2000 - 2004 he
worked as Bishop's Press Officer & Communications officer for
the Diocese of Birmingham. From 2004-2006 he trained for the
priesthood at Cranmer Hall at the University of Durham, before
taking up the post of Director of Communications for the Archbishop
of York until 2009. He was ordained deacon in 2007 and ordained
priest in 2008. He served his curacy at St. Mark's church in
Harrogate before moving to Wolverhampton in 2010 as Team Leader of
Wolverhampton Pioneer Ministries.