We're delighted to introduce our new part-time communications officer, who started in April 2016 in this new role for Modern Church.

My name is Kieran Bohan and I am delighted to have been appointed as the new communications officer for Modern Church.

Originally from London, I moved to Liverpool in 2003 to study journalism and web design. I trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood in my twenties, but chose not to be ordained. I am now a lay member of the leadership team at St Bride’s CofE Church in Toxteth.

In March 2016 I was commissioned by the Archdeacon of Liverpool as a Local Missional Leader with responsibility for outreach and pastoral care for the city’s LGBT community, and training around LGBT awareness issues for faith communities. I co-facilitate Open Table, a monthly communion service for the LGBT community, family and friends and all who are seeking a more inclusive church, with my husband Warren – we were the first couple in the UK to register a civil partnership in a UK place of worship in May 2012.

My background is in education, youth work, and support work with vulnerable adults, including people experiencing homelessness, mental distress and substance dependency. I have also trained in media and marketing, and have worked freelance alongside my support work roles since 2001.

When Modern Church needed a new website in October 2013, I was delighted to take on the project, and succeeded in relaunching the site in time for the annual conference in July 2014. Following the relaunch, the trustees asked me to take on the role of website editor on a freelance basis with a view to supporting colleagues to add content to the website. As time went on and the organisation’s needs changed, it became clear that there was more work to do, such as assisting with social media and press releases, printed publicity and advertising. In recognition of this the trustees offered me a three-year part-time contract to support Modern Church in developing these areas.

I also currently work part-time for the Diocese of Liverpool Communications Team and as chaplain to YMCA Liverpool, which provides high quality accommodation across the city to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

We wish Kieran happiness and fulfilment in his new role.