Our Priest in Charge, The Venerable John Day
Born in Scarborough and married to Stephanie who was also born in Yorkshire and has a Ph.D. from York University. They have 4 married children, 3 of whom live in Wellington, New Zealand; their eldest daughter lives in Leicester. To John and Stephanie's delight they and their spouses are all active Anglican Christians.
John studied theology at Hull then moved to Cranmer Hall Theological College Durham before being ordained deacon and then priest in the Diocese of Bradford. He became Curate and then Vicar of St Margaret’s, Thornbury, Bradford and worked there for 9 years before moving to Leeds as Vicar of St Mary’s Whitkirk.
In 2001 the family moved to New Zealand where John became Vicar of a major Christchurch parish. The parish was predominantly liberal catholic (but included every variety of tradition); there were 2000 on the Electoral Roll and attendance grew from 300+ to 600+ on Sundays. The average age profile dropped significantly and there was an increase in volunteer lay ministry as well as regular house groups, contemplative prayer groups and spiritual direction.
In 2010 he was appointed Archdeacon for Mission in the Diocese of Christchurch. This was a new post which arose from the Diocesan Strategic plan. In addition, he was Diocesan Director of Ordinands. He chaired the team which re-imagined and reconfigured the Diocese after the major earthquakes of 2010-11. This led to him becoming one of the leaders of an Ecumenical network of 290 local churches which meets for prayer and mission; in addition, it is the lead voice for the Church in Christchurch in conversations with central government, healthcare and local government about the city rebuild.
Bishop Graham Cray visited New Zealand in July 2010 and an ecumenical steering group was formed to launch Fresh Expressions in NZ. John was the lead Anglican on the national steering group. He hosted and led the Christchurch Mission-shaped Ministry course and has been involved with Leading Your Church Into Growth courses.
He and Stephanie returned to the UK in early 2015 for family reasons and became an Interim Minister at two churches in Liverpool and a Mission Consultant to the Diocese.
John became Priest in Charge of St Chad's in September 2016.