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john-proctorGeneral Secretary

John Proctor is the general secretary. His job is to maintain a strategic overview of the development, order, and wellbeing of the United Reformed Church. This involves being an ex officio member of all the committees, liaising regularly with the synods through their moderators and clerks, and working to ensure the vibrant health of the councils of the Church, significantly General Assembly. John is also responsible for enabling the Assembly-appointed staff to work together collaboratively. He takes a personal role in fostering healthy relationships with partner churches at home and abroad.

General Secretary

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The Revd Dr John Bradbury, who has served the URC as a local church minister to URCs in Cambridgeshire, a tutor and Vice Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge, and URC and ecumenical ministries in Liverpool, is the new General Secretary of the URC. He will be working with the current General Secretary the Revd John Proctor until his retirement in August.

John Bradbury has been heavily involved in ecumenism and has served on various groups for the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), which he now serves as one of its three presidents. 

As well as serving as co-chair of the URC-Roman Catholic dialogue, John also convenes the United Reformed Church’s Law and Polity Advisory Group.



Deputy General Secretary (Administration and Resources)

Jane Baird is deputy general secretary for administration and resources




URC LOGO greyscale smallDeputy General Secretary (Discipleship)

for any DGS (D) enquiries, please contact General Secretary, John Bradbury




Francis Brienen1Deputy General Secretary (Mission)

Francis Brienen is deputy general secretary for mission




URC LOGO greyscale smallTasneem Choudhury is Temp PA to General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary (administration and resources)
t: 020 7916 8646



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Samantha Bircham is PA to General Secretary
t: 020 7520 2712



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