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Saying ‘fare well’ to James

TCT will sadly be saying ‘fare well’ to our Senior Development Worker, James Henderson at Christmas this year, as James takes up a new challenge.

James has been with TCT for 7 years and has been influential in shaping our organisation to what it is today, with his passion for social justice and boundless enthusiasm. James has worked to foster strong partnerships with churches, faith groups and other community groups across the Black Country, and has heled TCT develop its work around Places of Welcome, Near Neighbours, Just Finance and many other projects and initiatives. He has been a real person of hope around Lichfield Diocese. James will be missed as a colleague and as a friend by all of us at TCT and beyond.

James will be taking up a new role as national Development Co-ordinator for the Your Local Pantry initiative that is run by Church Action on Poverty. It is a great role for James, and really plays to his skills and strengths. His role will be helping to increase the network of Your Local Pantries from 50 to 100 and form a cohesive, sharing network. The Your Local Pantry model builds a network of social supermarkets, giving dignity, choice and hope and building hubs in communities. It also helps to reduce food waste and provides a great model of moving from crisis to resilience. The local pantry initiative is something that we are passionate about at TCT and we have been exploring how we can promote it more widely in our area, and so look forward to continue working with James in the future.

Bishop Sarah, Chair of TCT, writes:

‘It has been a huge joy and privilege to get to know and to work with James. He is a man of great wisdom and insight, with a huge heart for people and for enabling all to flourish. Those who have encountered James through his work with TCT always speak warmly of his personal kindness, care and encouragement. We have been blessed by his partnership in this gospel work and pray for him as he moves to serve in this new role.’
James said: “It has been an honour to serve in Lichfield Diocese and equip churches and others to ‘love their neighbour’. I’m so thankful for the support of our Bishops, Diocesan staff and trustees and to serve with some truly incredible staff, who pour their whole selves into this vital work. I have also been greatly blessed personally by being invested in and supported in my vocation by two excellent leaders in David Primrose and Adam Edwards. These are very difficult times for both churches and the communities we serve, but I strongly believe we should all continue to be ‘people of hope’ in our parishes. Jesus so clearly wants everyone in our Diocese to thrive and flourish and there are so many little ways and opportunities to do this, if we can all act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.”

Please do pray for TCT as we seek to appoint someone to the Senior Development Worker role, and for James as he prepares for his new role.

Adam Edwards

Chief Officer – Transforming Communities Together