Steve joins church team
THE Rev Steve Dyson has been appointed associate vicar in the Kingswood and Hanham Team Ministry.
A spokesman for Bristol Diocese said Steve would work collaboratively with others to reach out in mission and grow disciples.
Steve has been vicar at St Lawrence’s Church in Biddulph, Staffordshire for the last four years. He trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol and then worked in a group of five parishes just outside Exeter.
Before he was ordained Steve worked in mental health as a community based support worker, and before that he was a youth worker in Swaziland.
Steve is married to Eley, a peripatetic music teacher, singer, musician, and worship leader. They have three daughters Lydia, Abigail and Naomi, two of whom were born in Bristol.
Mr Dyson said: “What attracted me to the role was the remit to ‘be creative and take risks’ in seeking to help the churches in engaging with their communities and in particular young people and families.
“As a family we come as a team;Eley and the girls have much to contribute and we look forward to making our home in east Bristol. We can’t deny that we will be arriving in the most bizarre and challenging but we sense that in God’s grace there is also much opportunity for creative thinking and new ventures and adventures on the way.”
Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Rev Bishop Vivienne Faull, said: “Steve comes with diverse experience.
“I am sure that he will be a real asset to the team in Kingswood and Hanham as it seeks to be the church in that place. It is not an easy time to be starting a new role so I pray that the whole family will settle in well in what is evidently a bit of homecoming!”