Anglican Care is delighted to announce the appointment of Roger Sutton as the new Anglican Missioner.


The Anglican Missioner is a newly created role working alongside the Christchurch City Missioner, Matthew Mark, to jointly lead Anglican Care, the social services arm of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch.


Anglican Care Trust Board Chairperson, Moka Ritchie, said the Board is excited to appoint Mr Sutton into the role and is inspired by the personal qualities and vision he brings.


“Members of the Board have worked with Roger before as one of the Church Property Trustees. He has demonstrated he really cares about people and about challenging and changing the way we all live so that the world works better for all of us. Roger’s exceptional skills with people and with structures and processes are an unusual mix in one person.


“He is totally enthusiastic and inspires others to be the best they can be. And we are thrilled that Roger combines his business acumen with sound Christian-based thinking. It’s a mighty combination that will be really useful in the complex environment of today’s social services. We have total confidence in his ability to deliver innovative approaches and genuine solutions moving forward.”


“We are excited by the possibilities this appointment brings. We already have a fantastic Christchurch City Missioner, and with Roger, they are poised to be a dynamic and energetic team to lead us forward.”


The Anglican Missioner joins the organisation at a time of great opportunity. The Anglican Care Trust Board is embarking on a major strategic and organisational renewal to better position itself to meet the needs of the people living in Canterbury, Westland and the Chatham Islands.


This renewal includes:

  • New strategic direction and sense of mission
  • New organisational structure
  • New partnerships with central and local government agencies, NGO’s and the private sector
  • Stronger connections with Anglican parishes and the Diocese
  • New opportunities in community based care and youth mental health
  • New business and operating models-including social enterprise, joint ventures and business partnerships.

Mr Sutton is eager to get stuck into the new role. “I want to make a real difference in people’s lives. For many people life is getting harder and harder and I want to help with that. I’m really looking forward to working alongside Matthew Mark delivering for Anglican Care.”


Bishop-elect Peter Carrell also looks forward to Mr Sutton joining the Anglican Care team.  “I have enjoyed getting to know Roger and working alongside him on Church Property Trust matters. I look forward to new initiatives he will spearhead in his new role as Anglican Missioner.”


Matthew Mark also welcomes Roger’s appointment. “My desire is for a colleague with complementary skills, who inspires people, who can dream dreams to change our society in a meaningful way and who has the ability to bring those dreams to life. I know Roger, I know his heart and I know he is committed to the welfare of our city and rural communities. I believe we will be a great impactful team.”


Roger will formally start early in the New Year.





Jo Bean | Communications and Media Officer | Anglican Diocese of Christchurch

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