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Archdeacons can be contacted through their PA, Kathy Jones on 01905 773301 or you can email  or   directly. 

Archdeacon's Charges

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Archdeacons News 

The Archdeacons' produce a newsletter each year to accompany their visitations. Most churches would have received a printed copy but you can download the PDF below.


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The Diocese of Worcester is divided into two Archdeaconries, the Archdeaconry of Worcester and the Archdeaconry of Dudley. Each has an Archdeacon to whom is delegated the administrative authority for that area by the Bishop of Worcester. The Archdeacons also play a major role in the pastoral care of the clergy and volunteers in the churches in their Archdeaconry.

An Archdeacon must have been ordained for at least six years and is responsible for the disciplinary supervision of the clergy in the archdeaconry and for the proper administration of church property. An Archdeacon is generally responsible for the induction of vicars to their parishes and for the admission of churchwardens.

Archdeacon of Worcester - the Venerable Roger Morris

Born in 1968, married to Sally (who is deputy head of Dyson Perrins School in Malvern) and we have two children; Fiona (born in 1997) who loves Top Gear and playing the drums and Imogen (born in 2000) who loves dogs and pretty much anything that is either sweet or pink or both. We also have two dogs; Sophie (a black labrador) and Pippa (a border collie / terrier cross). Roger Morris

The 1980s was my defining decade. In 1980, I was a first year at secondary school. By 1989, I had graduated in Chemistry, met Sally (to whom I have been married since 1991), been accepted for ordination training and was working for a church in London. Consequently, the music of the 1980s forms the soundtrack to much of my life.

In common with many people who grew up in the 1980s, popular culture has become the matrix that contains much of what counts as ‘meaning' for me. I have a good number of films on DVD and a large music collection (much of which is also on my iPod).

I trained for ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and then served a curacy in six parishes scattered between Cheltenham and Oxford. I was then incumbent of nine churches in a neighbouring benefice before moving to the Diocese of Coventry in 2003 where I had the rather cumbersome title of ‘Director of Parish Development and Evangelism' (essentially, my role was to help churches to be healthy and to grow). I also served as ‘Acting Archdeacon' for a number of months in 2007. I moved to Worcester in September 2008 and was licensed as Archdeacon of Worcester on 5 October 2008.

Aside from music and film, my other passions include evangelism, good food and the varied fortunes of Bristol Rovers Football Club.

The Worcester Archdeaconry comprises the Deaneries of Evesham, Malvern, Martley and Worcester West, Pershore, Upton on Severn and Worcester East.

Archdeacon of Dudley - the Venerable Nikki Groarke

Archdeacon of Dudley, Nikki GroarkeNikki came to the Diocese of Worcester from London where she was Vicar of St. Stephen's Church in Canonbury, Islington. She trained for ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, was ordained in 2000, and served her title post in Balham, South London. She was then Vicar of St Stephen's Canonbury for five years, a vibrant inner-city church with two large social action projects supporting marginalised adults and young people.

Nikki grew up in Worcestershire, and was a pupil at Flyford Flavell Primary and Pershore High schools. Then, after gaining a degree in modern languages, she worked as a Marketing Manager in the publishing industry in Oxford for ten years, and as the Bereavement Service Co-ordinator for an Oxford hospice. She has been involved in training and development of clergy in various diocesan roles, and with CPAS and New Wine.

In her spare time, Nikki is a keen runner. She became Archdeacon of Dudley in Janaury 2014.



Useful information for Churchwardens

Maintaining a church involves a range of different tasks from Health and Safety issues to insurance to repairing the roof. Churchwardens may find the Churchcare website a source of useful information.