In a letter sent to all Bishops in the Church of England, Church of Ireland, Scottish Episcopal Church and the Church in Wales, the Archbishop of York has expressed his delight that the Church Army Board have appointed the Ven Dr Peter Rouch to be the next CEO of Church Army.

Peter is currently working at Lambeth on the transforming effectiveness agenda for the Church of England, and until recently was Archdeacon in the Winchester diocese.

Peter has been a long-time supporter of Church Army having been involved with the Southampton Centre of Mission during his time as Archdeacon of Bournemouth.

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell writes:
"Peter brings an excellent mix of skills, as a pastor, Archdeacon, and now working on strategic development for the Church of England nationally, which will help Church Army develop its distinctive evangelistic ministry in ways that will be a blessing to the Church across these islands."

Peter says of his appointment:
"Christian vocation presents moments when we feel excited, humbled and challenged – all at once. For me this is such a time. Church Army is a growing mission community, displaying boldness, simplicity, and humility in its mission. It continues in its commitment to the flourishing of individuals and communities of great need; living the Gospel of which it speaks and supporting the evangelistic adventure of all God’s people. To be called to serve amongst its wonderful people is a huge privilege. As God leads all of us into the future, I look forward also to growing the depth and breadth of Church Army’s links with its partner churches."

Peter, together with his wife Tracey will move to Sheffield to take up the role at the beginning of May.