Rural Mission and Ministry Support Team

The Diocese has two Rural Officer/Advisers each with a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise. Their role is to:

  • Support rural parishes, clergy and church members as they engage in mission in their local contexts.
  • Work in partnership with others to foster the spiritual, environmental, social and economic wellbeing of rural communities and areas.
  • Raise the profile of rural issues with the diocese and local churches.

Each Officer has different skills and experience and between them they can usually help you or know someone who can. Support includes facilitating discussions, training, information on grants, funding and potential partnerships as well as best practice examples from other rural churches and communities. 

Who we are and our areas of expertise

James Allison

Canon James Allison
Rural Adviser
Initial Contact for Wakefield and Huddersfield areas.
07984 349921

  • Evangelism & growth in rural communities
  • Transformational strategic development
  • New Rural communities: ex mining and post-industrial mill towns
  • Industrial villages
  • Community Development and Social Enterprises
David Houlton

Revd David Houlton
Rural Adviser
Initial contact for Bradford and Craven areas.
01756 748468
Blog: A North Country Parson

  • Rural Clergy
  • Craven Rural Forum
  • Leading Your Church into Growth
  • Rural Church in the World
  • Auction Mart chaplaincies team
  • Rural News (DEFRA, ARC)