A fond farewell to Jim after 14 years
Friends from across the churches in England gathered on 18th June to say a fond farewell to Jim Currin, following fourteen years of faithful service to CTE – particularly in the areas of mission, evangelism and media. This year also marks 40 years of Jim’s service in the Church Army, and sees him take the opportunity to focus on ministry more locally.
Paul Goodliff, CTE’s General Secretary, expressed his heartfelt thanks to Jim: “Captain Jim Currin has served Churches Together in England for over 14 years, joining its team to lead in the areas of mission and evangelisation. Later he took up the responsibilities for media and communications alongside those existing missional roles, and in both areas served the churches and CTE with great distinction. At the end of June we said farewell to him as a CTE staff member as he looks to new ministries closer to home in Lancaster, rediscovering something of his initial calling to be a Church Army Evangelist.
“Jim was a great networker and seemed to know everyone involved in mission in the churches, becoming a friend to many. He organised The Group for Evangelisation and The Churches Co-ordinating Group for New Housing, and supported the Churches Rural Group. As Dr David Cornick said at his farewell event, Jim brought to CTE the best of evangelical spirituality and taught us from its riches. As the churches called CTE to greater focus upon collaboration in mission and evangelisation, Jim came into his own, and leaves this dimension of its work in rude health.
“Jim also made available to CTE his gifts in photography — and leaves us with a vast resource of his fine photographs to use on the website — and in his writing with Dr Colin Marsh, drew our attention to the way in which Jesus engaged in building relationships in mission. We never quite used his passion for sailing, but we often heard about it, and those two interests of sailing and photography will be put to full use in this next phase of life and ministry.
“We wish him God’s richest blessing as he and Linda look to their future shape of life as they continue to live out God’s call upon their lives.”
Jim shares this message of thanks to all those he has worked in his time at CTE: “Thank you to everyone who either attended the farewell do, contributed to the amazing comments book or added to the generous leaving gift. It has been a great privilege serving in the CTE team for 14 years, and I know from my handover period that the many networks will be served well by Ben and Lucy.
“Thank you to everyone for the encouragement and fellowship over the 14 years, and for the cards for my retirement. Finally, I am delighted to report that the kind gift has focused on photographic equipment and accessories, including two prime lenses, so there might be more stock images for Churches Together websites in the future! Thank you to everyone for everything, and for praying for our continued journey in mission and unity together.”
Following Jim’s retirement, CTE has appointed Ben Aldous as Principal Officer for Evangelism & Mission, and Lucy Olofinjana as Senior Communications and Media Officer. They both joined CTE on 1st June.