New Plymouth church development worker promises to "love the hell out of people"
A NEW church development worker has been appointed to offer help and support to residents in Devonport.
Timothy Woods, the former vicar of Estover, will take on the newly-created role in the Waterfront regeneration area.
A total of 14 dioceses across the country received funding from the Church Commissioners and the Archbishops Council for similar projects, allowing churches to build links in local communities.
Mr Woods has previously held posts in Brixham and Salisbury and has worked for Christian Aid and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.
He said: "As parishes go, the level of deprivation in Devonport itself is among the highest five per cent in the country and it is certainly the poorest in the Diocese.
"There is much to be done to live the Gospel in the middle of all that and it is all about loving the hell out of people."
Reverend David Nixon, of Stoke Damerel and St Aubyn's Devonport, said the new post brings a further boost to the regeneration of Devonport.
He said: "He has already engaged with a work club to address issues of pastoral and practical support for unemployed people.
"He brings a lot of experience to the role, and I look forward to working with him."
A second similar role will also be established in the East Devon and Exeter region of the Diocese.
Reverend Anna Norman-Walker, Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Exeter, said: "As part of the Church of England's commitment to a serving Christian presence in every community we are delighted to have secured funding for these two posts in new housing areas.
"It is challenging to build community where there is little of no shared history and we are excited about the ways in which the church can be a key part in helping, not only contribute to community development, but to create opportunities for local residents to experience the Christian faith right on their doorstep."