C of E Hires Religion Writer

Adapted from a Church of England announcement

Martha Linden has joined the Church of England’s communications team at Church House, Westminster, bringing 16 years of experience working as a national journalist.

Linden joins the team from the Press Association, where she has covered religion and social affairs for more than a decade. Previously she worked in television and as a Westminster lobby journalist.

During her 16 years working at the Press Association, Linden organised the agency’s coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to England in 2010 and was the only journalist to interview Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth when he announced he was stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury.

“We are thrilled to have attracted someone of Martha’s calibre to a newly created senior role in the communications team,” said the Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications. “Martha brings a wealth of insight, experience, and commitment to the role both as a national journalist and a practising Christian.

“Martha is the latest addition to a new team that brings together print, digital, and broadcast experience combined with publishing, training, and national projects. Martha’s skills and experience will be invaluable in growing the church’s confidence to proclaim the kingdom of God at work in our country.”

Linden takes up the post of senior media officer, focusing on the church’s work on parliamentary and public affairs, assisting those involved with work across a broad range of issues including banking reform, food banks, prisons, medical ethics, international affairs, and domestic policy. She will also be working on media for the Church Urban Fund, a Church of England charity dedicated to tackling poverty.

“I feel very privileged indeed to have this job,” she said. “Having covered Church of England news for many years, I am acutely aware of the critical role the church plays in society, its dedicated service and the way that service is often offered in unsung ways. I’m excited by the opportunity to tell the stories of transformation brought about by the Church of England through its members, ministers, and supporters throughout the country.”


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