Phil Wade has started as the new Worship Director for All Saints’ Church in Worcester. Phil will lead a voluntary team of around 25 musicians and technicians as well as support other local churches as part of All Saints’ role as a resourcing church for the Diocese.
Phil has moved to Worcester from a church in Dorset where he has worked for the last three years as Assistant Minister for Worship. He said: “A great deal of prayer went into the move and I had a real feeling that God was calling me to Worcester. All Saints’ has an amazing history and heritage – people have worshipped in the building since the 1100s and it’s exciting to be part of that story.”
Phil started in July and has been spending the first few weeks working with the team at All Saints and thinking about the direction that they’d like to take their worship. Once he’s settled into his new role, Phil will be getting in touch with those leading worship in other local churches to see how he can support them.
“I’m keen to enable churches to be the best that they can be,” continued Phil. It’s important that they keep their own identities, but hopefully I can help them to grow and develop. There’s also a great deal that other churches can teach us here at All Saints’. I like collaborating with others and hope that we can meet together locally to develop relationships and share ideas.”
Phil grew up in a Church of England church similar to All Saints and has worked with a range of churches offering a breadth of worship all over the UK. He came to faith age 14 and as he became more involved in church he worked alongside the worship leader and was taught how to play the piano. He will move to Worcester with his wife Annabel, an RE Teacher who is going to work at Dyson Perrins CE Academy in Malvern.
Phil said: “There is always more to discover about leading worship and I’m really excited to be starting at All Saints and to be able to collaborate with other churches. Please pray for both Annabel and I as we continue our journey of faith together.”
All Saints in Worcester was one of two churches in the Diocese of Worcester awarded a significant grant from the Church Commissioners of the Church of England to become a resourcing church. The church was relaunched in its new role last year and will become a resource for both the local community and other churches in the Worcester area.