Congratulations to Steve Grasham

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Congratulations to Steve Grasham from Geashill who was commissioned as a Church Army Evangelist on Tuesday 18th July, in Sheffield Cathedral.

Steve Grasham is the full-time Youth Ministry Development Officer for the South of Ireland, and lives in Geashill. He is also married to Rev Fran Grasham, Priest-in-charge of Geashill.

In his Youth Ministry role Steve advocates for, resources and empowers evangelism, and has been pivotal in introducing Faith Empowered in the Church of Ireland. Steve continues to pioneer alternative local worship and community work in his local context, and has been heavily involved in supporting the arrival of many Ukrainian refuges in his local area. 

In the service on Tuesday 18th July, Steve was admitted to the Office of Evangelist by the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Assistant Bishop of Salisbury, under the authority and behalf of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and also commissioned as a Church Army Evangelist.

Following 4 years of training, through the Church of England Common Awards scheme validated by Durham University, Church Army evangelists are Admitted and Commissioned under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury. They are lay officers of the wider Church and their office is recognised across the provinces of the Anglican Communion.

The Ven Peter Rouch, Church Army’s Chief Executive Officer said, “I feel enormously proud that we’re Admitting and Commissioning Steve and marking his calling and vocation as an evangelist.

“I look forward to seeing how God will use his ministry to take forward Church Army’s vision of seeing lives and communities empowered and transformed by the love of God in word and action.” 

Church Army was founded in 1882 by Wilson Carlile, a London curate with a passion to share the Good News of Jesus with people who’d never dream of stepping foot in a church. Carlile trained ordinary people to share the Gospel, most especially amongst those on the margins of society.  The work of Church Army today builds on Carlile’s vision, work that has brought hope to millions.

Church Army Evangelists fulfil a variety of roles in the church: they are evangelists first and foremost, but they may also be chaplains, pioneers, ordained priests, youth workers, community workers, church planters, pastoral workers and trainers.

For more on Church Army, visit churcharmy.org.