Meet Roger Preece

We find out more about the Archdeacon Designate for St Helens and Warrington

Roger joins us from the Diocese of Chester where he is currently Vicar of Bowdon, a church that has been held us as a model of good practice by the Church Growth Team of the Church of England.

With a number of congregations that worship in different ways, from formal cathedral-style choral evensong through to "cafe church". It also has invested in youth and children's work with over 200 teenagers connecting to different parts of church life.

Roger has a strong interest in leadership and has worked with Revd. Dr Simon Walker's teaching material on "Undefended Leadership" nationally and internationally. This stems from a business career that spanned senior roles in a range of international banks as well as being one of the founders of international management consultancy firm Capco.

Inspired by Fit for Mission and our diocesan growth agenda saying "There are many challenges in being a parish priest and I want to do all I can to help clergy in their roles as leaders in their local communities. I also want to help encourage really good ideas to spread across parishes.

"Because of the pressures of parish life, we often end of reinventing the wheel, because we don't have time to find the resources we need. I am also interested in the way in which church communities make a real contribution to their local areas through providing services such as youth work, children's work, food banks and care for the elderly."

Roger acheived local and national fame as the "roller skating vicar" following his first Easter all age worship at Bowdon where he roller bladed in the church. His unusual approach, designed to stimulate thinking about the importance of the witness accounts of the ressurection, gave him the opportunity to talk about his faith on ITV's This Morning.

He is excited by the challenges the new role offers saying "I am looking forward to getting to know the clergy and parishioners of the proposed Archdiaconal area around St Helen's, Widnes and Warrington. I was born in the North East and as a child lived in Lancashire, but have not yet spent much time in what is the South of Historic Lancashire. I am also looking forward to learning about the Diocese of Liverpool and its strategy to encourage growth in all areas of church life."

"I want to encourage really good ideas to spread across parishes"

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Roger is married to Catherine, a chaplain at MHA Methodist Care Homes. They have three daughters, with one still at home, doing A levels. Roger enjoys running and cycling for sport. He sings and plays the piano, but not at the same time.