Bishop ordains university man as new deacon

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BISHOP of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft, is to ordain Hallam University’s Chaplaincy Co-ordinator as a new deacon.

The ceremony for Ian Maher will take place at Sheffield Cathedral on the morning of Sunday, July 1, where he will also serve as the Cathedral’s Curate.

Ian has been a full-time accredited lay minister with Church Army since 1991 and his previous posts include those of parish evangelist in south-east London.

He has also been national co-ordinator of Church Army’s certificate in evangelism studies, tutor/lecturer and then Director of Studies at Wilson Carlile College of Evangelism, Sheffield.

Since 2006, Ian has been the multifaith chaplaincy co-ordinator at Sheffield Hallam University, where he will continue in post after ordination, while serving his curacy as a self-supporting minister.

Before joining Church Army, Ian worked as a compositor with the South Wales Argus in Newport and as a care worker in a hostel for homeless teenagers in Cardiff.

Speaking about his ordination, Ian said: “My call to ordination was somewhat unexpected though, in hindsight, fulfilment of a process that began many years ago in the church in Wales. I am looking forward immensely to the new challenges.”