The Diocese of Gloucester and Church Army are pleased to announce that the Revd Sonya Newton has been appointed as Pioneer Evangelist with the Gloucester Centre of Mission, working in the south-central part of the city.
Sonya has most recently been working with St Oswald’s, Coney Hill, as a pioneer curate and leading Celebrate, a fresh expression of church at Priors Park, Tewkesbury.
The Centre of Mission works among people who are not currently connected with church, primarily in marginalised areas, helping them to discover the joy of trusting Jesus and of making a difference in their area. Together, they will establish new Christian communities that fit local needs. One particular focus will be young parents and adults and their families.
The Centre of Mission is headed by Andy Wilson, Lead Evangelist, who works mainly in Matson in the south of the city. Sonya and Andy will work as a team. Sonya will focus on the inner suburbs of Tredworth, Podsmead, Linden and surrounding areas. She will start her new role on 17 June. They look forward to collaborating with local churches, including St Paul’s and St Stephen’s, and to encouraging pioneering evangelism in the wider diocese.
Sonya is married to Richard and together they have six children.