Parish Support Team

The Parish Support Team is charged with working strategically in supporting and enabling parishes, benefices and deaneries to fulfil the diocesan vision and key strategies including those relating to Faith & Justice and Stewardship.

What Parish Support can help with

The team works with every corner of the diocese to provide support on items such as:

Mission Partnerships

Mission Action Planning


Season of Invitation

Fresh Expressions

Faith and Justice

Children and Young People

Training courses

The best place to look for these things is under the 'mission' tab on the home page of the diocese. We are also building up a library of resources there from the training events we organise - notes, PowerPoint, videos of sessions. We add in new sections whenever there is a specific need, e.g. the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.

Who's who

The members of the team, and specific roles are as follows:

The Revd Canon Mark Cockayne - Director of the Parish Support Team  Email Mark

Mark started his role with the diocese in April 2014.  He is tasked with leading and resourcing the team to support parishes in implementing the Diocesan Vision and strategies. Mark’s areas of expertise are in mission and church growth, building a mixed economy church and leadership development. He is also Secretary to the Board of Faith and Justice and a member of Bishop's Senior Staff.

The Revd John Hibberd - Mission Development Advisor for Sheffield and Rotherham Email John

John started in his role in June 2014.  He works in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas to develop mission partnerships, advise on mission action plans, develop resources for Season of Invititation and more.

Lucy Nunn - Parish Support Administrator Email Lucy 

Lucy started her role as Administrator for the Parish Support Team in August 2015. The main focus of Lucy's role is to support the team with their work in connection to various projects and events taking place across the Diocese. 

The Revd Canon Mark Wigglesworth - Mission Development Advisor for Doncaster Email Mark

Mark has years of experience working for the diocese.  He operates in a similar role to John, only in the Doncaster Archdeaconry. A key part of his role is to encourage and enable the growth of existing congregations. Mark leads on other items for the diocese such as Development Day.

Mike North - Children and Young People's Advisor Email Mike

Mike helps parishes to develop their ministry among children and young people; training, equipping, inspiring and resourcing those working with people aged 0 - 18.  He also co-ordinates the Aurora training programmes and network with national and inter-church organisations.

Father Grant Naylor - Mission Development Advisor (Part time) Email Grant 

Grant is a .5 member of the team as well as being parish priest of St Matthew, Carver Street Sheffield. Working from within the Anglo Catholic tradition part of his role is to equip and encourage people in Catholic/sacramental evangelism.