New Chairs of the Houses of Clergy and Laity elected
New Chairs of the House of Clergy and House of Laity were elected at the meeting of Diocesan Synod on 13th October. Javaid Iqbal becomes the Chair of the House of Clergy, and Peter Adams was elected Chair of the House of Laity.
Javaid Iqbal is team reactor to Aldenham, Radlett and Shenley, with 21 years’ experience of ordained ministry. Born and brought up in Pakistan, he was ordained in the Church of Pakistan, served in five parishes across three dioceses, and set up the diocesan department for Mission and Evangelism. Javaid is a vocation advisor, BAME vocation champion, part of the Reaching New People learning community, champions interfaith and intercultural ministry, and has been a member of diocesan synods, and bishops’ councils for over 11 years.
Javaid says “I feel humbled and honoured to be elected Chair of House of Clergy of the Diocese of St Albans. I am looking forward to working with the senior leadership to make positive contributions to the diocesan life by promoting diversity, and to be an advocate for my clergy colleagues who offer ministry in challenging circumstances with joy, imagination and courage”.
Peter Adams has worked as a community conflict mediator and peacebuilder based at St Marys Church, Luton since 2007, which has led to the formation of St Marys Centre for Peace and Reconciliation two years ago. He is widely involved in the Luton community, working closely with police, the council, churches and Muslim community. Peter has been Luton Deanery deputy lay chair for six years and chair for a year.
Peter says “I believe that as Christian people and the church speaking with a quiet confidence, we have an important part in all areas of our national life. Despite the stereotypical image of places like Luton, the church is valued as an important part of building community in our multicultural multifaith town. I also hope to be an advocate for our most rural parishes. I grew up as a farmer’s son in deepest East Sussex, and many relatives are still farming there as well as stalwarts of their village churches. The tension between the countryside, villages and market towns of traditional England, and our multicultural cities is one I embrace in myself, and one as a church we need to understand and engage with. I have a passion for unity across our differences as church, and I hope to bring that to my wider role”.