The Diocese of Oxford has announced that the Revd Dr Phil Cooke has been appointed to the post of Interim Principal of the Local Ministry Pathway (LMP).
The Local Ministry Pathway is a nationally-validated, part-time and context-based training programme designed to prepare people for ministry and leadership in a range of parish and other settings.
The Revd Dr Phil Cooke, who has been with the diocese for over nine years, becomes Interim Principal for the LMP from September 2022 and will play a key role as the diocese begins work on a vision to widen and extend formational training for lay ministries.
Speaking on his appointment, Dr Cooke said:
“We have a brilliant cohort of students and tutors on the Local Ministry Pathway, I am thrilled that I will continue to work with them in this new role.”
Phil is married to Kath, Associate Vicar in North Abingdon Parish. They have two adult children.
If you would like to explore God’s calling on your life, the diocese has a team of people who are there to listen to your story and advise you about what you are feeling and where it might be taking you. Find out more on the website at oxford.anglican.org/exploring-your-vocation
- The Diocese of Oxford has been training candidates ministry for more than 25 years, and is one of four centres in the region that form the South Central Theological Education Institute (SCTEI).
- Earlier this year, the diocese announced that it would withdraw from the direct provision of ordination training as the diocese develops a renewed vision for lay training to better serve and equip our LLM community and those in other lay roles. Among his other responsibilities as Principal, Dr Cooke will ‘teach out’ the current ordinands programme.
- The diocese recently announced that the Bishop of Dorchester will take on additional responsibility as Warden of Readers for 12 months from September 2022.
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