Billy Kennedy appointed as a President of CTE
Due to the resignation of the Rt Revd Jana Jeruma-Grinberga, there was a vacancy for a President to represent the New Churches, the Religious Society of Friends and the Lutheran and German-speaking group of Churches. A meeting of representatives of these Churches met on 30 April 2014 and agreed that this President should be appointed for three years in turn by:
• The New Churches
• The Society of Friends
• The Lutheran and German-speaking Churches.
The New Churches have appointed Billy Kennedy from Pioneer as the new President.
Speaking of his appointment, Billy says:
I am thrilled to be the first leader of a new church network to take on the role of a President of Churches Together in England to represent a number of new church streams, the Lutheran and German speaking churches and the Society of Friends. Over the past few decades thousands of new churches have formed creating new expressions of church life in villages, towns and cities across England. I am pleased to be able to draw some of these new churches to the ecumenical table to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ and make our contribution to the unfolding unity of the church in England.
About Billy Kennedy
Billy Kennedy is the leader of the Pioneer network of churches. Pioneer was formally organised in 1985 as a network of new churches that had developed over the previous two decades. Billy, with his wife Caroline, was appointed to lead the network in February 2009. Pioneer became a member of Churches Together in England in 2011.
Billy is also the Senior Leader of New Community Church in Southampton. He was recently instrumental in the formation of Love Southampton, a cross church group seeking to serve the city in practical ways. He was also chair of the Southampton Christian Network up to September 2013.
Press Release: Billy Kennedy appointed a President of Churches Together in England