Bishop Rachel has appointed the Revd Canon Dana Delap as the new Chair of the Gloucester Advisory Committee and Anne Cranston as the new DAC Vice-Chair.
Dana will replace David Ball, who chaired the DAC for the past three years.
Bishop Rachel said, “Our thanks go to David who has chaired the committee with great care, expertise and insight over the last three years. We are grateful for his generosity both of time and knowledge. I’m delighted that both Dana and Anne will build on David’s work in bringing their skills to these different roles.”
Dana has been serving on the DAC since 2016, most recently as its Vice-Chair. She is Team Vicar and Team Missioner, responsible for Blockley and Bourton-on-the-Hill parishes. She’s also Canon of Tamale Cathedral in Ghana and sits on the General Synod. She has just been elected to the Church Buildings Council as a General Synod representative. Dana has a keen interest in liturgy and worship with children. She also has experience in planning and delivery of capital church reordering and restoration projects.
Dana said: “It is a privilege to serve the churches and communities of Gloucester Diocese through the DAC. I am delighted to lead the DAC as we engage with the people, places and heritage of our diocese. Together we will be encouraging imaginative and bold mission in and through our churches, mindful of sustaining our planet and our buildings.”
Anne Cranston is Head of Projects at Gloucester Cathedral and will support Dana as the new DAC Vice-Chair. She brings a wealth of project management expertise and a strong track record of professional involvement in civic, community and heritage initiatives.
Anne said, “I’m really interested in the way that places shape people and vice versa. Churches are at the heart of so many communities, so to be able to support those communities with their plans and hopes and challenges is a wonderful opportunity.”
Adam Klups, Leader of the Care of Churches and DAC Team said: “I am delighted that Bishop Rachel has appointed two exceptional leaders to be our Committee’s next Chair and Vice-Chair. Their commitment, skills and experience will enable the DAC and my team to be even more imaginative, creative and helpful to parishes across the Diocese. Dana and Anne will bring the energy and leadership that we need to support PCCs and others who use and look after church buildings and churchyards in this diocese. I am very happy to have them on board!”