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Next ReSource Director Announced

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Bishop John Holbrook and the ReSource Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of the next Director of ReSource, to succeed the Venerable Kevin Roberts when he retires at the end of September 2021.

Next ReSource Director Announced

Bishop John Holbrook and the ReSource Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Christopher Landau as the next Director of ReSource, to succeed the Venerable Kevin Roberts. Christopher will start his new ministry with ReSource on 1 September, becoming Director when Kevin retires on 30 September after five and a half years in the post.

Christopher, who is married to Carolyn and has three young children, served his Curacy at St Luke’s West Kilburn and Emmanuel Harrow Road in the Diocese of London and is currently an Associate Minister at St Aldates, Oxford (with responsibility for the community of postgraduate students and the 6pm congregation), an Honorary Chaplain at Christ Church Cathedral and McDonald Chaplain with the Oxford Pastorate. In moving to Telford Christopher is returning near to his childhood roots in rural Herefordshire. Before his ordination Christopher was religious affairs correspondent for the BBC World Service.   

Speaking about his appointment as Director of ReSource Christopher says “Having worked closely with ReSource in recent years, I know its heart to see both individuals and churches transformed, and I am excited and honoured to have been asked to lead this precious ministry. The church is facing substantial challenges, and sometimes needs reminding of the Holy Spirit’s vital role in prompting growth and flourishing. I hope and pray that ReSource can be a blessing to many in the years ahead.”

As Director of ReSource Christopher will be the chief executive officer of ReSource and will lead the charity’s national ministry, with its focus on enabling little, local, and ordinary churches to engage with the Holy Spirit for renewal, discipleship and mission. ReSource, launched in 2004, is formally Anglican Renewal Ministries, with a direct lineage through the Fountain Trust to the charismatic renewal of the 1960s and 70s.

Bishop Mark Tanner, ReSource’s Patron, this week welcomed Christopher as the charity’s next Director: “Christopher’s appointment as the next Director of ReSource is great news for ReSource, for the church, and for the wider world. He brings a wealth of experience, engaged wisdom, and vibrant faith in our Lord. He is deeply committed to 'the little, the local and the ordinary’ as God renews His world one life at a time, and he will be in my prayers as he takes on this role.”

Christopher has had close links with ReSource over recent years, working for nine months in 2017-18 as Manager of the ReSource Future process, working closely with Kevin to discern the direction of ReSource’s ministry as part of an extensive review of the charity’s work and mandate. Since then, Christopher has contributed to ReSource’s work in a number of ways, most recently teaching on the new Saints Alive! DVD. We are delighted to welcome him back!

ReSource’s Vice-Chair, Canon Felicity Lawson says "I am absolutely delighted that Christopher has been appointed as the next Director of ReSource. I have worked with Christopher on the ReSource Future Project and Saints Alive! and believe him to have the vision, passion, experience and gifts to build on the excellent foundations laid by the Ven Kevin Roberts. He ministers powerfully in the Holy Spirit and has a real understanding and heart for the 'little, local and ordinary churches' ReSource is particularly called to serve. I look forward to working with him as a Trustee and ReSource Minister."

Professor Ewan McKendrick (Chair) and Revd Dr Jonathan Brant (Chaplain) of the Oxford Pastorate expressed their pleasure at the news of Christopher’s appointment: “As our McDonald Chaplain, Christopher has been a much-loved member of the Oxford Pastorate team and a huge asset in our mission and ministry to postgraduates and researchers at the University of Oxford.  Christopher (and Carolyn and the family) will be greatly missed but we’re excited to see how God will use him in a role that so beautifully fits his many gifts and his passion for the work of the Holy Spirit in the whole of the Church.”

Christopher will introduce himself at greater length in the Summer edition of the ReSource Newsletter. Also keep an eye open for his soon to be published book ‘A Theology of Disagreement’ based upon his DPhil studies, and ‘Loving Disagreement’ to be published in the autumn. 

Arrangements for Christopher’s Commissioning as Director of ReSource for Anglican Renewal Ministries will be announced shortly.  

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