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Jo King

The Bishop of Warwick, the Right Reverend John Stroyan, is pleased to announce that Mrs Jo King has been appointed as the Warden of Readers for the Diocese of Coventry and Mrs Lorraine Baker has been appointed as the Assistant Warden.

There are currently 110 Readers working in parish churches throughout Warwickshire and Coventry. In their new roles, Jo and Lorraine will care for them and encourage them in their ministry. Jo herself is a Reader at St Mary’s Church, Cubbington and Lorraine is a Reader at St Mary’s, Walsgrave.

Jo has been a Reader since 1993. She is married to Alastair and has two sons. They have lived in Leamington since 1990 and Jo enjoys cooking and sharing her home with others. In her spare time Jo enjoys doing creative projects such as jewellery, silk painting and card making.

Bishop John said, "I am delighted that Jo and Lorraine have agreed to take up these roles and am grateful to them both for being willing to serve in this way.  Jo has been a Reader for more than 24 years and her experience will be invaluable.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Reader Development Committee for the way in which they have kept all aspects of Reader Ministry in the Diocese running smoothly whilst we have not had a Warden in place.

Nationally there is much new thinking happening at the moment about the development of lay ministry and also on how Reader Ministry might look in the future.  It will be good to have a strong team in the diocese to engage with the forthcoming conversations.

Please pray for Jo and Lorraine as they take on these new responsibilities."

Jo said, "I believe that Coventry Diocese is blessed by the amazing ministry of all its Readers and their many gifts. With the help of God, I and Lorraine, the Assistant Warden, desire to serve the Readers in the Diocese at a time of potential change in the role of Lay Ministry nationally as well as locally and to fulfil the Diocesan Mission Statement of Worshiping God, Making New Disciples and Transforming Communities."

Jo will be licensed officially as Warden of Readers at the Diocesan Synod meeting on 4th November. Please pray for Jo and Lorraine as they start their new roles.

Lorraine Baker is a Reader at St Mary's Walsgrave.
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