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United Reformed Church announces nomination for new general secretary

Rev Dr John Bradbury currently oversees four churches in Cambridgeshire.

If approved by the URC Mission Council he'll take over from Rev John Proctor who has announced his retirement after 6 years in the role.

Welcoming the nomination, Rev Nigel Uden, one of the Moderators of the URC General Assembly and convener of the Nominating Group, said: "In John Bradbury, the Nominating Group believes it brings the name of a person with the combination of gifts and graces the United Reformed Church requires in these changing times.

"A person of intelligence and warmth, of experience and energy, John offers much to build upon all that his predecessors gave and to join with us all in working for the church's next chapter."

Rev Bradbury was ordained in Liverpool in 2004. He's served at as vice-principal at Westminster College and moved to his current position in 2017.

Speaking about his new role, he said: "I'm delighted to have been called to serve as General Secretary. The next few years will bring huge opportunities and challenges to the United Reformed Church.

"I look forward to working with colleagues in the General Secretariat and across the life of the Church as we seek Christ's will in a fragile and troubled world. I ask your prayers for all in the URC whose lives will be touched by transition in the months to come."

If his nomination is approved, Rev Bradbury will be inducted at next year's General Assembly, the church's ruling body.

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