We're delighted to introduce our new part-time communications officer, Rebecca Paveley, who takes over from Kieran Bohan after five years of raising the profile of Modern Church.

Rebecca is an experienced journalist with a background in communications support in Christian church contexts, including the Diocese of Exeter where she worked with our General Secretary Jonathan Draper in his former role as Dean of the Cathedral there. 

She is well-equipped to enable Modern Church to develop and deliver our communications strategy in our 120th year and beyond. She will manage the website, developing our social media strategy, and liaise with the media on behalf of the charity.

Rebecca says: 'I am delighted to take up the role of communications officer for Modern Church. I trained as a journalist in local newspapers, specialising in local and national politics, and spent three years as a lobby correspondent in Westminster. I then moved to work for the then Bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries. When Richard retired, I moved back home to Devon and before long was running the communications department in the Diocese of Exeter. Throughout, I have continued as a freelance journalist, writing for publications including The Times and  the Church Times. I left the Diocese of Exeter earlier this year for a ‘portfolio’ career, including maintaining my freelance writing and media consultancy, and working for the National Trust in marketing and communications in the South West. I am looking forward to working closely with Jonathan Draper again, and building on the new communications strategy to raise the profile of Modern Church, extending its reach and influence.'

Kieran Bohan is moving on to focus on his pastoral work which he has maintained alongside his part-time role with Modern Church. He is increasing the capacity of his role as chaplain at the YMCAs in Liverpool and St Helens from two to four days a week, and using his communications skills to develop the Open Table network of ecumenical worship communities for LGBT+ Christians.

Kieran says 'It's been five years since my first involvement with Modern Church, helping to rebuild the website into its current form. I am grateful for the opportunity to have supported the charity through this significant period of change and investment - I will watch with interest the charity's progress in the coming year as it continues to celebrate its 120th anniversary. I also look forward to the 2020 annual conference on gender and sexuality, at which I have been invited to lead a workshop on the experience of the Open Table community.'

We wish Rebecca and Kieran happiness and fulfilment in their new roles.