What is Churches Together
in the Merseyside Region?
Churches Together in the Merseyside Region serves an area with fuzzy edges. The denominations share a central core area, but few common boundaries. Broadly speaking, the CTMR area embraces the City of Liverpool, the Metropolitan Boroughs of Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral, along with Widnes, most of Warrington, a lot of Wigan and parts of West Lancashire and Cheshire.
Churches Together in the Merseyside Region is funded in equal measures by the Roman Catholic Church (Archdiocese of Liverpool & Diocese of Shrewsbury), the Church of England (Diocese of Liverpool & Diocese of Cheshire), and the Free Churches (Liverpool Methodist District, United Reformed Church Mersey Synod, North West Baptist Association, Salvation Army North Western Division)
is the current Ecumenical Co-ordinator
Although MARCEA was the fruit of the vision and determination of the Church Leaders of the last generation, Churches Together in the Merseyside Region reflects the fact that the energy for partnership has now shifted to local and neighbourhood level. Some major Merseyside-wide events are still well-supported, but partnership in mission is increasingly focused in the shared churches or covenanted groups of churches which abound - many of which have been formalised as LEPs (Local Ecumenical Partnerships).
The Presidents of Churches Together in the Merseyside Region are:
Most Rev Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool
Rt Rev Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool
Rev Dr Sheryl Anderson, Chair of the Liverpool Methodist District
Rev Jacky Embrey, Moderator of the United Reformed Church Mersey Synod
Rev Phil Jump. Regional Minister for the North West Baptist Association
Major Drew McCombe, North Western Divisional Leader, The Salvation Army
The Officers of Churches Together in the Merseyside Region are:
Chair - Rt Rev Thomas Williams
Treasurer - Mrs Janet Lasham
Secretary - Elisabeth Hachmoeller
Churches Together in the Merseyside Region is a
registered charity (Reg. No. 519061).