CTE Appoints New General Secretary

Bishop Mike Royal will become the next General Secretary of Churches Together in England (CTE) in March 2022, when the current General Secretary, Rev Dr. Paul Goodliff, retires.

Bishop Mike is currently the Co-Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Network, a national charity helping churches with community engagement and social action projects. He is a founding Trustee and former National Director of award-winning charity, Transforming Lives for Good (TLG), which works with children and young people at risk of exclusion from school. He is also a part-time Forensic Mental Health Chaplain with Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Mike has a wealth of ecumenical experience at the local, regional, and national level. He led the Street Pastors team in Birmingham, and worked with Telford Christians Together to launch their Cinnamon Faith Action Audit.

He has worked closely with Birmingham Churches Together on their ‘Standing in the Gap’ initiative, and is currently Co-Chair – with the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham – of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 Churches Together Working Group.

Bishop Mike said: “I am both honoured and humbled to accept the role of General Secretary of Churches Together in England, as the Church journeys together to fulfil the mandate of Jesus: ‘…that they all may be one, as We are One’ (John 17:22).

I pray, as our country and the Church navigate together through challenging and difficult issues, that we will all find a deeper commitment to God and to one another, as we travel together on this vital ecumenical journey.

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