Cranmer Hall is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Joshua Cockayne as the new Director of Mission and Evangelism. Josh is currently the clergy lead of Holy Trinity Boar Lane, a church plant seeking to reach the weekday community within central Leeds. Prior to this he was a Lecturer in the School of Divinity in the University of St Andrews, having done his PhD at the University of York. While in York Josh was on the core leadership team of G2, a fresh expressions church plant seeking to reach students and young adults in the city.
Commenting on his appointment the Warden of Cranmer Hall, the Revd Canon Dr Philip Plyming, said, ‘I am delighted to be welcoming somebody of Josh’s gifts and experience to the Cranmer Hall team. Josh is an excellent academic and teacher and also an experienced missional leader who has seen God at work in a number of new initiatives. He is superbly placed to enable the next generation of Cranmer Hall students to be both deeply rooted in a theology of mission and alive to the practicalities and possibilities of new models of doing and being church.’
Revd Dr Emma Parker, Deputy Warden, added, ‘I am excited that Josh is joining us at Cranmer Hall. He will build brilliantly on the foundations laid by Will Foulger over the last four years. We are looking forward to seeing the Centre for Church Planting Theology and Research develop under his prayerful leadership and the different ways in which it will resource our churches on a local and global level.’
Josh said, ‘I am honoured to be joining the team at Cranmer Hall and I am looking forward to playing my part in equipping students for lives of ministry and mission in the body of Christ. For the last few years, I have been excited by the creative work that has been developed through the Centre for Church Planting Theology and Research, and it will be a great privilege to shape this important area of research going forwards.’
Josh will take up his new role at the beginning of September, subject to the usual checks being completed.