*** DEBUG END ***


15 June 2018

St Asaph archdeacons

THE appointment of new archdeacons in St Asaph diocese is part of the Church in Wales’s focus on renewal and growth.

The next Archdeacon of Montgomery is to be Canon Barry Wilson, Vice-Dean of Chester Cathedral. A former RE teacher from Stoke-on-Trent, Canon Wilson was ordained in 1997 and has served in the diocese of Chester since 2013. He is married to Yvonne; they have two children and three grandchildren.

The Revd Andrew Grimwood, Team Vicar in the Aber-Morfa Mission Area, is to be the next Archdeacon of St Asaph. He was ordained in 1998 in Llandaff diocese and has served in St Asaph since 2001. He previously worked for British Gas in Cardiff. He is married to Fran, has two teenaged sons, is a Manchester United supporter, and a Star Wars fan. He has learnt Welsh and will be continuing his studies in the language next month.

The Ven. John Lomas, Archdeacon of St Asaph since 2014, will become Archdeacon of Wrexham.

The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, said: “We want our archdeacons to lead the renewal of the Church, and to mentor and lead Mission Areas towards growth.”

The Ven. Bob Griffith, Archdeacon of Wrexham, will retire on 31 July and the Ven. Dr Peter Pike, Archdeacon of Montgomery, will retire on 30 September.


Sunderland move

THE next Archdeacon of Sunderland, in Durham diocese, is to be the Revd Robert Cooper, Vicar of St Giles with St Mary, Pontefract, in Leeds diocese. He was formerly Area Dean of Pontefract and an Hon. Canon of Wakefield Cathedral. He has served in the dioceses that now form the diocese of Leeds, since his ordination in 1993. He remains an Hon. Canon of Mara, Tanzania.


Assistant appointment

THE Revd Grant Ashton, Vicar of Euxton, is now also temporary Assistant Archdeacon of Blackburn. He was formerly Assistant Area Dean of Chorley, and before his current post was an Hon. Chaplain to the Queen, and an Army Chaplain at the Royal Memorial Chapel, Sandhurst.



ATLING. The Revd Brian Atling, Priest-in-Charge of Fen Drayton and of Fenstanton, now Priest-in-Charge of Fen Drayton with Fenstanton, remaining Rural Dean of Huntingdon, and Hon. Canon of Ely Cathedral (Ely).

BARRACLOUGH. The Revd Amanda Barraclough, Rector of Sprotbrough, and Area Dean of Adwick-le-Street (Sheffield), to be Dean of Women’s Ministry (Sheffield).

BONSEY. The Revd Hugh Bonsey, Team Vicar in the Wylye and Till Valley Team Ministry, to be Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) in the Sherborne with Castleton, Lillington and Longburton Team Ministry (Salisbury).

BROOKE. The Revd David Brooke, Lead Mission Support Partner for the diocese of Durham, to be Interim Team Rector and Hub Leader in the Chapelfields Team, Wigan, remaining Hon. Canon of Durham Cathedral (Durham).

BROWN. The Revd Elizabeth Brown, Assistant Curate of St Andrew’s, Southgate and of Christ Church, Southgate, now Assistant Curate of St Andrew’s, Southgate (London).

CAIN. The Revd Jonathan Cain, Assistant Curate of Bolton Abbey, to be Priest-in-Charge of Woodside (Leeds).

CARRINGTON. The Revd David Carrington, Team Vicar in the Appledore, Northam and Westward Ho! Mission Community, to be Team Vicar in the Otter Vale Mission Community (Exeter).

COFFEY. The Revd Helen Coffey, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity, Ashton in Makerfield, to be Team Rector in the Eccleston Team Ministry (Liverpool).

DAVIES. The Revd Lynda Davies, Priest-in-Charge of Cottenham and of Rampton, now Rector of Cottenham with Rampton (Ely).

DESBOROUGH. The Revd Maureen Desborough, NS Assistant Curate of Skirlaugh, Catwick, Long Riston, Swine with Ellerby and of Sigglesthorne with Nunkeeling and Bewholme, to be house-for-duty Assistant Curate of Aldbrough and Mappleton with Goxhill and Withernwick; of Beeford with Frodingham and Foston; of Brandesburton and Leven; of Hornsea, Atwick and Skipsea; of Skirlaugh, Catwick, Long Riston, Swine with Ellerby; and of Sigglesthorne with Nunkeeling and Bewholme (York).

DYKES. The Revd Katrina Dykes, Priest-in-Charge of Abbots Ann and Upper Clatford and Goodworth Clatford, to be also Assistant Area Dean of Andover (Winchester).

GALLAGHER. The Revd Margaret Gallagher, Vicar of South Elmsall, to be also Interim Area Dean of Pontefract (Leeds).

HANCOCK. The Revd Richard Hancock, Vicar of Shrivenham and Ashbury, and Hon. Canon of Christ Church (Oxford), to be Priest-in-Charge of Sixpenny Handley with Gussage and Pentridge (Salisbury).

HANSON. The Revd Dale Hanson, Associate Chaplain of St Michael’s, Paris, France to be Chaplain in Versailles with Chevry, France (Europe).

HAWKES. The Revd Cecilia Hawkes, NS Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) of Stebbing and of Lindsell, and Rural Dean of Dunmow and Stansted, now also NS Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) of Broxted with Chickney and Tilty and Great and Little Easton (Chelmsford).

JAMIE. The Revd Katherine Jamie, Assistant Curate of Easington and Easington Colliery, to be Vicar of St Mary’s, Heworth (Durham).

LEWIS. The Revd Alaric Lewis, Priest-in-Charge of St George’s, Colegate, Norwich, and Assistant Curate of St George’s, Tombland, Norwich, now Rector of Colegate and Tombland, Norwich, remaining Diocesan Vocations Outreach Officer (Norwich).

LILLIE. The Revd Benjamin Lillie, Assistant Curate of St Andrew’s and St Bartholomew’s, Churchdown (Gloucester), to be Vicar of Holy Trinity, Barnstable (Exeter).

McCLELLAND. The Revd Clifford McClelland, NS Assistant Curate of King’s Worthy and of Headbourne Worthy, to be also Chaplain of HM Prison, Winchester (Winchester).

MALAM. The Revd Susan Malam, NS Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) in the Witham and Villages Team Ministry, to be also Chaplain of the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (Chelmsford).

MURRAY. The Revd Heather Murray, Priest-in-Charge of Harelaw and Annfield Plain, and Area Dean of Lanchester, to be Priest-in-Charge of Belmont and Pittington, and Area Dean of Durham, remaining Hon. Canon of Durham Cathedral (Durham).

PARSONS. The Revd Deborah Parsons, Team Vicar in the Totnes Mission Community, to be also Rural Dean of Totnes Deanery (Exeter).

PEATMAN. The Revd Michael Peatman, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity, Poulton-le-Sands, with St Lawrence’s, Morecambe (Blackburn), to be Vicar of St Nicholas’s, Beverley and Archdeaconry Training Adviser (York).

PLATTIN. The Revd Darleen Plattin, Priest-in-Charge of Great and Little Plumstead with Thorpe End and Witton, to be also Priest-in-Charge of Rackheath (Norwich).

RATTENBERRY. The Revd Christopher Rattenberry, formerly Vicar of Ravenshead (Southwell & Nottingham), to be Priest-in-Charge of Danby with Castleton and Commondale, of Westerdale, and of Moorsholm (York).

RICHARDSON. The Revd Simon Richardson, Rector of Glencraig,and Minor Canon of St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast (Down & Dromore), to be Vicar of the Transfiguration, Kempston (St Albans).

ROBSON. The Revd Peter Robson, formerly Assistant Curate of St Gabriel’s, Bishopwearmouth, to be house-for-duty Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) of Shildon (Durham).

SANDERSON. The Revd Paul Sanderson, Vicar of Holme-in-Cliviger with Worsthorne, to be Assistant Curate (Assistant Priest) of St Laurence’s, Chorley (Blackburn).

SHOCK. The Revd Rachel Shock, formerly NSM of St Peter and All Saints’, Nottingham, and Workplace Chaplain (Southwell & Nottingham), to be Chaplain of St Stephen’s, Madremanya, Costa Brava, Spain (Europe).

SMITH. The Revd Andrew Smith, Priest-in-Charge of Bitterne Park (Winchester), to be Vicar.

SURRIDGE. The Revd Hilary Surridge, Chaplain of De Montfort University, Leicester, to be Interim Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) of St Margaret and All Saints, in the Abbey Leicester Benefice (Leicester).

SUTTON. The Ven Peter Sutton, Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight, and Officer for Initial Ministerial Education (years 4-7), to be also Acting Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (Portsmouth).

TANSWELL. The Revd Stuart Tanswell, Vicar of North Holmwood (Guildford), now Rector of St Michael du Valle, Guernsey (Canterbury and Winchester).

THOMAS. The Revd Gabrielle Thomas, Research Associate at Durham University, to be Minor Canon of Durham Cathedral (Durham).

TODD. The Revd Andrew Todd, Curate-in-Charge of Barbourne (Worcester), to be Priest-in-Charge.

WIGNALL. The Revd Paul Wignall, Assistant Curate (Associate Minister) of Edstaston, Fauls, Prees, Tilstock and Whixall(Lichfield), to be Chaplain of St George’s, Malaga, Spain (Europe), remaining Canon Emeritus of Truro Cathedral (Truro).

WILLIAMS. The Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Chaplain of the University of York (York), to be Canon Precentor of Peterborough Cathedral and Bishop’s Adviser for Liturgy and Worship (Peterborough).



JAMES. The Revd Manon James, Diocesan Director of Ministry (St Asaph), to be Director of Formation for Licensed Ministry of St Padarn’s Institute, remaining Hon. Canon of St Asaph Cathedral.

LITTLER. The Revd Dr Alison Littler, NSM of Magor, to be Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) of Panteg and Griffithstown (Monmouth).



ROWE. The Revd David Rowe, Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, Winchester (Winchester), to be Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand (Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia).

SEWELL. The Revd Richard Sewell, Team Rector in the Barnes Team Ministry, Assistant Area Dean of Richmond and Barnes, and Assistant Kingston Area Director of Initial Ministerial Education (Southwark) to be Dean of St George’s College, Jerusalem (Jerusalem & the Middle East).



HOPKINSON. Dr Jillian Hopkinson, National Rural Officer for the Church of England, to be Rural Ministry Tutor of Sarum College (Salisbury).

MURRAY. Dr Hilary Murray to be lay interim Mission Area Leader of Penedeyrn (St Asaph).

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Train-a-Priest Fund 2022 Appeal

Please consider a donation to TAP Africa this year. Every penny you can give goes to ordinands in Africa who face financial difficulty, to support them as they complete their training. 

Donate online

Read more about this year's appeal

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)