The Diocese of Blackburn (The Church of England in Lancashire) has announced the appointment of a new Diocesan Youth Advisor.
Ben Green, 32, is currently the Youth Worker Chaplain at Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, near Chorley. He will start in his new role on April 24.
The role of Diocesan Youth Advisor (DYA) requires Ben to champion and lead on the strategic development of work with, and activities for, young people (aged 11-21) in parishes across Lancashire.
As DYA Ben will make links to and liaise with a huge variety of contacts, from clergy and teachers to volunteer and employed youth workers; as well as empowering young people to be actively involved in the life of the church.
Ben is married to Ruth and the couple have one daughter, Hannah, who will be one in April. The family live in Manchester.
Originally training and qualifying as a primary school teacher, Ben moved into youth chaplaincy work at the well-known Croston school in 2009. He enjoys listening to music and is a big sports fan when he is not enjoying time with his family.
Speaking today Ben said: “It is a pleasure to be offered, and to accept, this opportunity and I am excited about working with and for young people in Lancashire. I am a great believer in developing young leaders in the church.”
“A long time ago God put a passion in my heart to see young people come to know His love for themselves and for them to step into the potential He has given them.''
“Having been employed by the Board of Education for nearly eight years, I have watched Vision 2026 being shaped and it is fantastic to see the impact churches are making as they step up to meet the challenges of the future.''
“It is also hugely encouraging to see that children and young people are central to Vision 2026. The Vision’s aims of being witnesses, making disciples and growing leaders are fantastic beacons for church ministry with young people and I am looking forward immensely to starting my new role in April.”
Stephen Whittaker, Director of Education for the Diocese, commented: “I am delighted that Ben will join us as Diocesan Youth Advisor as a he brings a wonderful mix of practical experience, vision for the role and a passion for work with young people.''
“He joins the Diocese at an exciting time of change as we implement Vision 2026 and seek to develop our engagement and mission with young people across the County.”
Meanwhile The Venerable Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, added: “I am delighted that Ben is stepping up to a diocesan role in youth work. He has been a blessing to Bishop Rawstorne and will now share his enthusiasm and expertise with the whole diocese.”