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Rector of Warmington with Shotteswell and Radway with Ratley

The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Colin Bennetts, has announced the appointment of Canon Dr Christopher Lamb as Rector of Warmington with Shotteswell and Radway with Ratley in South Warwickshire. He succeeds the Rev Roger Paul who left for an appointment in Carlisle Diocese earlier this year.

Dr Lamb (59) currently holds a national position as Secretary for Interfaith Relations, both for the Church of England and the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland (CCBI). He has, however, been living in inner-city Coventry ever since his previous appointment in 1987 as Community Relations Adviser to the Diocese of Coventry, a post he held until 1992 when he was also made a Canon Theologian of Coventry Cathedral.

Christopher Lamb is acknowledged to be one of the leading experts in the country on inter-faith matters, and a succession of books - sometimes co-authored with Roger Hooker or Kenneth Cracknell - has followed his authoritative doctoral assessment of the pioneering work of Bishop Kenneth Cragg in this field, "The Call to Retrieval".

His interest in other faiths, particularly Islam, derives from the six years he spent in Pakistan. He went on to train missionaries at Crowther Hall in Selly Oak, Birmingham, before serving eight years as adviser to two missionary societies in an imaginative project under the chairmanship of Bishop Stephen Neill.

After a career of much travelling and lecturing and attending of meetings, Christopher is delighted to be returning to parish ministry - "frontier work", as he sees it. His expertise will still be called upon, but with four parish communities to care for, he is excited about a change of priorities.

Christopher's hobbies include calligraphy, Indian cooking and liturgical dance. He is married to Tina, who has acquired a reputation as a leader of Retreats and is a Tutor on the West Midlands Theological Course. They have two grown-up daughters.

Dr Lamb will be instituted on 24 January 1999 at 3pm. He may be contacted on 01203 257523.

MORE INFORMATION: Revd Lawrence Mortimer  01564 795545

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