CREED, an organisation which aims to help churches engage with their local communities, has appointed Dr Simon Grattan as acting Chief Executive.
CREED will be familiar to many people in the Church of Ireland. It was formed in 2006 and exists to serve and help churches to identify a vision for their ministry and outreach to the local community. It has its roots in the Church of Ireland but has expanded to offer its services to all churches.
A spokesperson for CREED said: "We exist as an organisation because we believe that the local church has something good and constructive to offer its local community. We believe in serving the local church so that it can serve its local community.
"The appointment of Simon Grattan, with his strong business background, is an exciting development for us as an organisation."
Dr Grattan has an active commitment to his local church. After graduating from Queens University in 2000 with a degree in Physics with Materials Science he worked with Randox as a research physicist. Following the completion of his PhD he founded Sengenia Ltd. This has developed into an award winning company with a wide range of customers.
Dr Grattan, a local preacher in the Methodist Church based in Craigmore, will help with planning the next steps and future direction for CREED.
He said: “I'm delighted to have this opportunity to work alongside those who have had the vision and desire for CREED to meet a clear need in our churches and community.
“I'm also really looking forward to getting to meet both the volunteers, without whom CREED simply can't function, and the various projects that are underway
"CREED is at an important stage of growth. We are excited about where we can take this and how we can partner with others who share a similar vision."
To find out more about the developing work of CREED visit www.creedireland.com