Church Army and Diocesan partnership in Coleford

Published: Tuesday October 13, 2020

Debbie OrrissWe’re delighted to introduce Debbie Orriss, who is joining the Gloucester and Forest Centre of Mission, a partnership between the Diocese of Gloucester and the Church Army.

Debbie is a Pioneer Evangelist and has been commissioned as a Church Army Evangelist for 23 years. Her passion in ministry is to enable people to discover that God loves them to bits, help them find faith, and live as Christ’s followers.  Debbie embraces Christ’s offer of ‘life in all its fullness’ and does a new thing every month.  These have included a hot tub in January, going to Peru to celebrate her 50th birthday, performing live on Facebook to raise money for Church Army, and learning new cake recipes during lockdown!

Based in Coleford, in the Forest of Dean, Debbie will be working amongst people deeply disconnected from church, seeking to grow new worshipping communities with them.  She is part of the Centre of Mission team led by Andy Wilson based in Matson in Gloucester.  She will be collaborating with the existing church communities, Sarah Bick the parish priest of Coleford, the wider Forest deanery, and ecumenical colleagues.

Bishop Robert will license her to this Coleford role on 18 October.

Debbie said, “I was excited to see this post advertised back in February, as I’d remembered a conversation I’d had with Bishop Rachel about Centres of Mission about five years ago. I was also drawn to the Diocesan commitment to ‘share the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that people may know life in all its fullness’. This commitment, from John 10.10, is my ‘creed’ and I am excited to be able to help people in Coleford and the wider Forest to discover this for themselves.”

Previous to this role Debbie was Discipleship Coordinator for Salisbury Diocese, and has also served as Town Centre Evangelist in High Wycombe, as well as youth and schools worker roles in the Diocese of Sheffield. Debbie has also been part of both the training, and mission community teams for Church Army.

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