The Rt Rev Kevin Pearson, Bishop of the United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ray Gascoigne as Diocesan Warden of Lay Readers.
Ray has been a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church since 1972, serving at Holy Name Cumbernauld – Glasgow & Galloway. During this period, he assisted each priest in the sanctuary before answering the call to train as a Lay Reader in 2010 and after a period of discernment and subsequent training was licensed in October 2013.
In the role of Warden of Lay Readers, Ray succeeds Kevin Boak. The Warden is an advocate for the ministry of Readers in the diocese, who are lay people who preach and teach as lay theologians, and are often involved in pastoral work as well. They work closely in collaboration with others to support and develop the life of the congregation. Some of them have a particular ministerial role in the wider community.
We wish Ray well in this new endeavour and pray for him and all Lay Readers in our diocese, asking God to bless their ministry across communities in Glasgow and Galloway.