Worksop man appointed new church leader in Sheffield

A Worksop man has been appointed to preside over members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sheffield.

By Sophie Wills
Friday, 9th April 2021, 9:32 am

Graeme Holt, 51, of Gateford, received the assignment at a recent conference of the church, broadcast over Zoom and YouTube to several hundred members from congregations throughout the region.

President Holt works as a brand strategist and will be fulfilling his religious duties in his spare time as the Church operates a lay ministry and has no paid clergy.

He will be assisted in his role by two counsellors: 39 year-old-urban designer Richard Walshaw and 56-year-old chartered structural engineer Simon Wainwright, both from Sheffield

The new Sheffield region leadershop. Pictured are Richard Walshaw, Graeme Holt and Simon Wainwright.

Together they will offer administrative and spiritual support to local leaders as they minister to their congregations.

Prior to this assignment, President Holt served for nine years as Bishop of the congregation in Worksop.

Married with four children, he and his wife Joanna have been members of the church since childhood, and have recently welcomed home their eldest son from a two-year mission assignment to Hong Kong, where he served in the local community.

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is about learning of Him and trying to be as He is,” says President Holt. “As we do this, we will gain an increased desire to help others become better people.

"I believe our Heavenly Father is interested in the individuals we help strengthen, the self-esteem we are able to raise, the faith we are able to lift and the discomfort we are able to reduce.”

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