There’s a new line up in the Church Buildings team at the diocesan office. Church Buildings Officer, Mark Carter now has two Assistant Officers – Kate Andrew, who has been working with some parishes for a couple of years, and Pat Evemy, who has joined the team from the Diocese of Lichfield.

Mark says: “Any of the team can support parishes with any area of building development – whether you’re looking at opening your church for more community use, making some repairs or installing a new toilet! We can help with advice on fundraising, planning, heritage statements or working with the Local Authority as well as guiding parishes through the faculty process. If you’re thinking of making any changes to your church buildings, please come and talk to us at an early stage.”

Mark has been the Church Buildings Officer for around 18 months, launching the online faculty system and taking a mission-led focus to changes to buildings. For the last two years, Kate has been working with parishes in our lowest income communities, in particular supporting St Edmunds in Dudley and St John, Brockmoor as well as helping Top Church with their lottery application. Pat joined the team in July from the Diocese of Lichfield. She has spent the past eighteen years working in urban regeneration in various church organisations. Pat’s post fulfils our commitment to Historic England to continue supporting community development of our churches following funding received for Andrew Mottram’s previous role.

“We all have different skills to bring to the team to help support parishes with their church buildings,” continues Mark. “We’ll also be taking a more holistic approach when we look at how our buildings can be used – working with other diocesan colleagues to help churches both grow numerically as well as increase their presence in the community.”

The Church Buildings team can be contacted on 01905 732809 or find their individual details here