New Vice-Chairman of Forward in Faith

Posted on the 17th Nov 2018

Fr Ian McCormack SSC is the new Clerical Vice-Chairman of Forward in Faith. His election was announced to the National Assembly at its meeting in London today. He has been a member of the Council of Forward in Faith since 2014 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2017.


Fr McCormack was ordained in 2010. He is currently Vicar of Grimethorpe and Brierley (South Yorkshire) and was previously Assistant Curate in Horbury (West Yorkshire). He is to be licensed as Priest in Charge of St George in the Meadows, Nottingham, on 28 November. A church historian, he has lectured in Anglican Studies at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.


As Clerical Vice-Chairman of Forward in Faith, Fr McCormack succeeds Fr Ross Northing SSC. Having served as Secretary and then Vice-Chairman since 2011, Fr Northing decided not to seek re-election for a further four-year term in view of the fact that his parish is to receive the largest residential development in the UK, with at least some 6,800 houses. Fr Northing said, ‘I am absolutely delighted that Fr McCormack has been elected to succeed me. I should like to thank everyone who has supported me in my work as Vice-Chairman.’


Welcoming Fr McCormack’s election, the Chairman of Forward in Faith, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield, said, 'It is definitely good news for Forward in Faith that Fr Ian, one of our younger priests, has been elected as Vice Chairman. I look forward to Ian’s contributions to our future plans for Forward in Faith. We are indebted to Fr Ross for his wise counsel as Vice-Chairman in a period that has seen much change and development in the work of Forward in Faith.'