Diocese of Portsmouth

Pioneer Ministers

Pioneer ministry

We have been recruiting clergy and lay people who can find new, pioneering ways to reach non-churchgoers with the gospel message, alongside traditional forms of church.

That may involve creating new worshipping communities or ways of developing Christian discipleship that are different to the standard, geographical parish model.

We’ve already recruited a team of new pioneer ministers to work in specific parts of Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth – and we plan to recruit more. Some of our existing clergy have also been given responsibilities to pioneer in new housing developments in Whiteley and Berewood. We’re also offering training for our existing clergy to work in more pioneering ways.

Our team of pioneer ministers includes:

  • the Rev Tim Watson, in the Leesland area of Gosport;
  • Nicky Pybus, in the Highbury area of Cosham;
  • and the Revs Barney and Sara Barron, in the PO9 area of Havant.

They are being led by our Dean of Pioneer Ministry, Canon Peter Hall. The latest news about our pioneer ministers is below.