The Very Revd Christopher Butt (left) and the Revd Jon Lavelle (right)
The Revd Jon Lavelle has been named by Bishop Michael as the new Chair of Selectors in succession to the Very Revd Chris Butt who will be retiring next year. Jon is the first priest to have been ordained in the Diocese having gone through the current selection process, and so understands it from every perspective. A former University lecturer, following ordination he served his Curacy at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Bahrain before taking responsibility for St Luke’s Church Ras Al Khaimah, in the Dubai, Sharjah and Northern Emirates Chaplaincy. Jon is a native of Buffalo New York, where he will serve as Rector of St John’s-Grace Episcopal Church, having returned there for family reasons earlier this year.
The Selection Conference is the body which advises the Bishop on vocations for public representative ministry. Its next meeting will be at Ras Al Khaimah in October, when eight candidates will be considered. This meeting was oversubscribed, as the Diocese is enjoying a period of growth in the number of people who want to be part of a process of discernment for ministry.
Dean Butt has been congratulated by the Bishop on the developments during his tenure, and he in turn has welcomed Jon’s appointment. “This is a great appointment.” he said, “I know Jon will do a really good job.”