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Principal Rob Hay appointed Head of Learning and Ministry Development in the Diocese of Leicester

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Rob Hay is to become the new Head of Learning and Ministry Development in the Diocese of Leicester, starting in the summer of 2017.

Redcliffe College and the Diocese of Leicester announced the news today as Rob prepares to step down from his role as College Principal, and answer the call to Anglican ministry with his appointment as Head of Learning and Ministry Development within the Diocese.

The Head of Learning and Ministry Development is a key member of the Mission and Ministry Department in the Diocese. The role will focus on providing opportunities for leadership in the Church to deepen their relationship with God and service in the world, and to enable and equip the ministry of ‘all the saints’ resourcing cross-cultural mission and ministry throughout the Diocese. They will prepare lay and ordained ministers for the complexity of mission and ministry for today and tomorrow.

Having served on the Leadership Team at Redcliffe for twelve years, including seven as College Principal, Rob has overseen significant change at the College; leading its bold vision to provide a new, non-residential model of training for Christian mission workers, in order to keep them active and engaged in their work, while developing their understanding of their context. 

Although Rob is leaving his position as Principal and Course Leader for Redcliffe’s MA in Global Leadership in Intercultural Contexts and moving the family to Leicester this summer, he will continue to teach occasionally on the programme. Rob’s wife, Sarah Hay, will continue in her role as Course Leader for the MA in Member Care, and the family intend to maintain strong ties with the College in the longer term. Rob writes, 

“I am grateful to God for the opportunity I’ve had to lead and care for ‘His ministry’, Redcliffe, these last few years and am committed to ensuring a good handover so that Redcliffe continues to establish its new model and goes from strength to strength in the days ahead. It is a huge wrench to be leaving Redcliffe after seven years as Principal, twelve years on the Leadership Team, fifteen years of being based there and twenty years since my first visit as a potential student; but I am very excited to be taking up a role at the most culturally diverse Diocese in the Church of England and seeing God bring together the call to ordained ministry and the twenty years of ministry experience with my passion for mission, leadership, learning and cultures.” 

Redcliffe is seeking to recruit a new Principal who will lead the College in its bold vision to serve God’s worldwide church, and the process to find the right person for this key role begins with immediate effect. Bishop Martyn Snow, the Chair of Trustees for Redcliffe College, is excited for the future and for this important appointment opportunity: 

“Over the last couple of years, the Board of Trustees have been exploring an exciting new model for flexible, reflective learning and research which allows people to study while remaining in their own context. We believe this gives us a unique place within the changing world of theological and mission training and we are well placed to grow and contribute in ever more significant ways to the wider thinking and practice of God’s church. If you believe you have the relevant experience in leadership, global mission, and adult education, then we are very keen to hear from you. You will need to be someone prepared to take risks, work with complexity, and be resilient in the midst of change. Above all, you will need to be passionate about seeing men and women engage seriously with God and his mission.” 

Those who are interested can download a job pack for the position on the Redcliffe website at and are encouraged to apply before the deadline of Friday 24 March 2017.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact James Clarke, Communications Director







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