Transforming Church and Communities

The local church is a community in transformation, and shares in the transformation of its local community.

The Transforming Church and Communities Department celebrates the diverse ways in which local churches engage with their communities. We offer support as they address contemporary issues. We link churches with local and national bodies with similar concerns. We have developed a network of particular resources around the themes of dementia, diversity, environment, financial resilience, interfaith, older people and social action. 

Some of our work is offered through our joint venture with Church Urban Fund- Transforming Communities Together(TCT).

Christians are called to the vulnerability of encountering God in the world around them. Our discipleship is on-going. We discern the movement of the Holy Spirit, seeking to make known Christs love for all of Gods creation.

The Transforming Church and Communities team are part of the diocesan Discipleship, Vocation, Evangelism departmentFind us on Facebook logo

We also post regular updates through our Facebook group:

The Revd Dr David Primrose

Office: 01543 622591
Mobile: 07975 644044

Diocesan Enabler of Transforming Church and Communities
David loves to champion the positive impact that churches (and schools, chaplaincies and fresh expressions) can and do have on the communities in which they are situated.
He has co-ordinating responsibility for this area in the diocese.

David is also The Beekeeping Vicar and has a passion for envirvironmental issues.

Miss Emma Smith

Office: 01543 622 591

Transforming Church and Community Co-ordinator

Emma is the primary office contact for the team:

Transforming Communities,
Unit 1 Three Spires,
Station Road,
WS13 6HX

The Revd Richard Clarkson

Home: 01630 639576

Diocesan Environmental Officer.
Richard is Rector of five rural parishes in south Staffordshire. He has degrees in Physics and Theology and wrote his Masters dissertation on Nature Contemplation in the writing of Maximus the Confessor. As well as being Diocesan Environmental Officer for Lichfield Diocese and on the Board of Directors for The John Ray Initiative, he is also dad to three boys!

Contact Richard by email or using the Lichfield Diocesan Environmental Champions Facebook page.

Mr James Henderson

Mobile: 07946 771495

Senior Development Worker at Transforming Communities Together

TCT is the diocese's joint venture with Church Urban Fund.

The Revd Preb Jane Tillier PhD

Mobile :07530 734079

Bishops Adviser for Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

Jane can offer a confidential one-to-one space for people to explore problems and/or she can be consulted by parishes or individuals from across the diocese about pastoral difficulties and/or opportunities.

For more info see the Pastoral Care and Wellbeing page

The Revd Zoe Heming

Email: Currently on furlough

Enabling Church Adviser

As well as a half-time role as vicar of Church Aston in Shropshire, Zoe lis the Enabling Church Adviser for the diocese, encouraging those living with disability to bring their unique insights to the Church and live and minister to their full potential as well as promoting good practice to all who lead and manage church facilities and events.

Mrs Sarah Thorpe

Mobile: 07982 248949

Dementia-friendly Enabler, 

Sarah leads the Dementia-friendly Churches work across the diocese in a part-time role. As well as the DfC web pages, be sure to read check out the Dementia-friendly Churches blog.

The Revd Charlotte Gompertz

Home: 01743 235369

Mental Health Awareness Enabler

As well as being Vicar of Oxon (Shrewsbury), Charlotte brings her experience as a Mental Health Nurse to the Diocese,, leading the roll-out of Mental Health First Aid to churches around Staffordshire, northern Shropshire and the Black Country.

The Revd Paula Smith

Home: 01952 604239

Paula oversees the Ministry Development Review service that the diocese provides to help clergy take stock of their ministry and personal and spiritual health.

Mrs Jane Instone

Office: Currently on furlough, please contact Revd Paula Smith (see details above)
Email: Currently on furlough, please contact Revd Paula Smith (see details above)

"When churches develop relationships which go deeper than their differences, they discover the depth of the good news they have to share"

Revd Dr David Primrose, Diocesan Enabler of Transforming Communities

Page last updated: 12th October 2020 3:13 PM