CTE Staff member co-President
of Housing Justice

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The Chair of Housing Justice and Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff is delighted to announce that Bishop Dr Joe Aldred, Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations Officer for Churches Together in England and BBC broadcaster has agreed to serve as a Co-President of the organisation.

Bishop Joe will join the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nicholas 
and Ms Rachel Lampard in a three way joint Presidency of the charity. Each of the Presidents has extensive knowledge and wisdom in both the church, housing and homelessness sector.

Dr Aldred takes up this honorary position in addition to his work full time on the staff team for Churches Together in England with responsibility for Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations. As a Bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, Dr Aldred has extensive experience with the Pentecostal tradition and the charity looks forward to seeing new relationships develop within this tradition. As well as having a passion for ecumenism, Dr Aldred is a broadcaster, providing Pause for Thought's for national BBC stations and hosting a weekly Sunday evening radio programe for BBC WM 95.6 and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. He has written a number of books, including Respect, about understanding Caribbean British Christianity, and Thinking Outside the Box.

As part of his new role as a Co-President of Housing Justice, Bishop Joe will be visiting one of the Birmingham Winter Shelter venues next week (Monday 30th January), accompanied by Emma Neil, Housing Justice Birmingham Development Coordinator. The Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter is a community of individuals, churches and organisations that work together to provide emergency accommodation, food and support to homeless people in Birmingham during the coldest winter months through welcoming them into our churches and providing hospitality.

Speaking of his new role, Bishop Dr Joe Aldred said: "Being approached to take on this new role at Housing Justice is an honour, because I would dearly love to live in a society where everyone has a home. I believe the church has a huge contribution, which will grow in the coming years and this must be a response of the whole church, in unity. I look forward to working with my fellow presidents and all those connected to Housing Justice as together we contribute to making this ideal as close to reality as possible."

Welcoming this appointment, Housing Justice Chair, the Rt Revd James Langstaff said: “Housing Justice aspires to be the national Christian voice on housing and homelessness. It is, therefore, really important that we have support and involvement from the widest possible range of churches and Christian organisation. Bishop Joe Aldred is a widely respected national church leader.  As a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy and as the person responsible at Churches Together in England for liaison with pentecostal churches, he brings immense experience and wide connections. I hugely welcome his appointment as one of the Presidents of Housing Justice, and look forward to working together.”
 
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Notes to Editors

Housing Justice is the National Christian voice for housing and homelessness.

Bishop Joe is available for interview with prior arrangement.??
Photographs with Bishop Joe and Emma Neil will be available after the visit.
All media enquiries should be directed to:
Adam May - Housing Justice Press Officer
a.may@housingjustice.org.uk - 07736 949 869

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