Dio­cese of Portsmouth

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A new cen­tre to train min­is­ters in the heart of Portsmouth has been of­fi­cially launched by Bishop Christopher at a spe­cial ser­vice.

It cel­e­brated the be­gin­ning of the Portsmouth Path­way, our new cen­tre for train­ing clergy and lay min­is­ters, which ac­cepted its first in­take of stu­dents in Septem­ber this year.

The cen­tre is a joint ini­tia­tive with Ripon Col­lege Cud­des­don, one of the main the­o­log­i­cal col­leges in the Church of Eng­land. The new de­vel­op­ment will mean that stu­dents, trainee clergy and lay Read­ers can be taught the­ol­ogy lo­cally with­out need­ing to travel. It will cater for up to 15 trainee clergy and 20 lay Read­ers at any one time. Led by the Rev Dr James Gren­fell, his most re­cent role was as the di­rec­tor of mis­sion en­gage­ment for the Chris­tian char­ity Us – for­merly USPG.

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