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


Articles of Enquiry

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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 - Robert Jones to be licensed in November 2014

Robert has been a priest in the Diocese of Worcester since he was ordained in 1980 and is currently Director of Development.

Robert Jones

Robert is well-known throughout the Diocese of Worcester, having served as Vicar of St. Francis in Dudley for eight years and then as Rector of St. Barnabas with Christ Church in Worcester for fourteen years. He was also Rural Dean of Worcester East, is a Canon of Worcester Cathedral and served as one of the diocesan representatives on General Synod, the Church's governing body for ten years. He was appointed Director of Development in 2006 where he has been responsible for training of clergy and laity throughout the diocese, establishing the popular Authorised Lay Minister programme, which has trained over 300 people.

Robert moved into the Diocese from just over the border in Birmingham when he was young and was confirmed in St John's, Halesowen in 1966. He studied languages at University before he trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and, as a fluent German speaker, is very involved in the diocesan partnership with Magdeburg and the Church of England's Meissen Agreement with the German Protestant Church. In his spare time Robert enjoys the odd pint of beer, walking, singing in a choir and music-making. 

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.