12 June 2017

Appointment of the next Principal of Cliff College


Cliff College is pleased to announce that the Methodist Council has approved the appointment of the Revd Ashley Cooper as the next Principal of Cliff College and invited the President of the Methodist Conference to exercise the powers of clause 29(b) of the Deed of Union to station Mr Cooper to Cliff College.

Ashley is currently the Senior Minister at Swan Bank Methodist Church in Stoke-on-Trent and the Superintendent of the Burslem Mission Circuit. Having trained for ordained ministry in the Methodist Church at Hartley Victoria College Manchester, Ashley has previously served in the Delamere Forest Circuit, as the District Evangelism Enabler in the Chester and Stoke District and as the Coordinator of District Evangelism Enablers in the Methodist Church.
Ashley is an inspirational leader with vision and energy, and a passion to see lives transformed by the Gospel. His commitment to mission and evangelism, the key ethos of the College, is evident in the leadership he has exercised throughout his varied ministry - leading churches of different sizes to see transformation and ongoing growth.

He brings a broad knowledge and experience of mission, evangelism and church planting and has spoken on these themes locally, nationally and internationally. Ashley has a broad experience and understanding of the Methodist Church and is a member of the World Methodist Council, as well as having a proven ability to build creative partnerships with others beyond Methodism.

Ashley brings the experience of leading a very large church through a time of transition and change. A key part of his ministry has been to implement significant organisational leadership and structural change, and he is committed to investing in lay leadership. He helped create the ECG conference and has been part of its leadership team over the last 10 years, and established the 'Navigating Change' conference hosted at Swan Bank Methodist Church, now in its third year. 

Revd Rachel Deigh, the Chair of the Cliff College Committee, said: "The Cliff College Committee is excited with this appointment and believes that Ashley is the right person to lead the college into the future. We assure him of our prayers as he prepares to take up this post."

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