Reverend Canon Andrew Wade is new Diocesan rural link officer for Cornwall.
A FARMER and rector hopes to bring together the church and agricultural life in Cornwall.
The Reverend Canon Andrew Wade has been appointed as the diocesan rural link officer by the Bishop of Truro.
Canon Wade comes from a strong agricultural background and is looking forward to working with farmers in the area.
He said: "Before I was ordained I went to the Royal Agricultural College and then became a dairy farmer.
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"Since being ordained in 1986 I have always ministered in rural parishes in west and mid-Cornwall and have enjoyed the opportunities to keep up to date by speaking to farmers and visiting them on their farms."
Canon Wade said he has kept abreast of what is happening in agriculture and his appointment as rural link officer felt "like being able to indulge an interest".
He already serves as team rector of Probus, Ladock, Grampound with Creed and St Erme and is looking forward to being part of the rural issues group which brings together rural officers from across the South West.
In his new post, Canon Wade will be joined by the Reverend Simon Bone as assistant rural link officer.
Canon Wade said: "As we work together I hope we can develop the roles and in so doing pull together a team of clergy and lay people with rural experience such that their collective expertise may be used."
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