The Revd Canon Gill Behenna has been appointed as part-time National Adviser for Deaf Ministry. Canon Behenna is Chaplain with the Deaf Community in the Diocese of Bristol and will continue in this role alongside her national responsibilities.
As National Adviser, Gill will support the Chaplains with Deaf people in the dioceses and also provide advice to bishops and diocesan staff on awareness of Deaf people in the life of the church and ways to encourage their contribution to mission and growth.
She will be working with the Archbishops Council Committee for Ministry of and among Deaf and Disabled People (CMDDP), whose chair is the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury.
Canon Behenna has wide experience of ministry among Deaf people, having served as Chaplain in Exeter Diocese before her current role in Bristol, where she is also chair of the Diocesan Liturgical Committee.
She is a Trustee of the Deaf-led charity
and also works voluntarily for Signs of God, a Christian training organisation.
Gills appointment is very good news for the church at large as well as the Deaf church and her colleagues in the Ministry Division, said the Venerable Julian Hubbard, Director of Ministry. Her commitment to mission and her deep knowledge of the Deaf community are widely known. We look forward to working with her.