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Kendal vicar's new Diocesan role and book launch

A Kendal vicar has been appointed a specialist advisor to develop mission and local leadership in the Church of England across Cumbria.

Revd Canon Tim Montgomery will leave his post as Vicar of St Thomas’ Church Kendal and St Catherine’s Church, Crook and Team leader of the Two Valleys Ministry Team this month.

Tim’s new appointment comes just a year after he was diagnosed with cancer.

After falling ill while on holiday he underwent emergency surgery for the removal of a stomach tumour. He’s now fully recovered.

Tim said: “It seems that everyone in the church and the community prayed for me and I am pleased to say that the cancer is all gone.

“The fantastic health teams in Portugal and Kendal have done a great job and it seems I was rejected from heaven to get on with some more work on earth!

“I am now back at work and ready for this next exciting phase in the growth of the church in Cumbria.”

His new role will see him help church leaders and congregations put plans for growth into action.

He’ll draw on 13 years as Vicar in Kendal during which he’s overseen growth in all of the churches and the re-ordering of St Thomas’.

Tim also coined the phrase “church-to-go” and persuaded the churches to see themselves as servants of others, taking God’s blessing out into the community.

He says projects such as the ‘Party in the Park’ at St Thomas’ church are great examples of community outreach.

“This party celebrated the best of God’s character as the church gave something brilliant to the community without any thought of return,” Tim said.

His new role also ties in with the publication of a first book, written during his recovery.

‘And Moses Put His Shoes On’ is aimed particularly at helping church leaders become better at being who they are with God’s help.

Tim said: “I think church leaders have a difficult job to do with many different expectations from congregations and communities.

“They face big challenges and have a variety of roles to fulfil. This book encourages them to take some time to rethink their calling and to refresh their ministries for the future.”

‘And Moses Put His Shoes On’ will be on sale in bookshops from July 27.


For further information please contact or Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at

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