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London Vicar to be new Archdeacon of Dudley


The Bishop of Worcester, Dr. John Inge, has announced that the Revd Nikki Groarke is to be the next Archdeacon of Dudley. Nikki comes to the Diocese of Worcester from London where she is Vicar of St. Stephen's Church in Canonbury, Islington.

New Archdeacon of Dudley Nikki Groarke

Nikki trained for ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, was ordained in 2000, and served her title post in Balham, South London. For the last five years she has been Vicar of St Stephen's Canonbury, a vibrant inner-city church with two large social action projects supporting marginalised adults and young people. 

She 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.

Of Nikki's appointment, Bishop John said: "I am delighted that Nikki Groarke has accepted my invitation to become the next Archdeacon of Dudley. She is an exceptionally gifted priest with a wealth of experience both within and beyond the church. She has the added advantage of having grown up in this part of the world and this is, in a sense, a homecoming. I greatly look forward to working with her to forward God's loving purposes in this Diocese."

Nikki said: "I am very excited to be coming back to my home county, after ministering in London for the past 13 years. The Stepney area has been a richly diverse and intense place in which to serve and learn, but I am now greatly looking forward to exploring the equally diverse territory of North Worcestershire and Dudley, and joining in with what God is doing here.  I am thrilled to be joining Bishop John and his team at a time when the Kingdom People initiative is taking shape, as I am sure it will have a huge impact, encouraging church members to engage in mission and ministry enthusiastically.   Getting to know the clergy and people of the archdeaconry as we discover new ways of being church in our changing culture will be a great privilege."

In her spare time, Nikki is a keen runner. She said: "I am looking forward to swapping my running route from the urban landscape of Regent's Canal in Islington and Hackney to the somewhat more scenic (but hillier) Tardebigge Steps. It will also be great to have access to some great urban centres and new shopping opportunities!  This post seems to combine all the aspects of life and ministry I love most - diversity, mission, a great team and churches populated by motivated and committed people who want to work together to see God's kingdom come."

Nikki will be licensed in Dudley at the beginning of January and will be installed as a Canon of Worcester Cathedral at around the same time. 

Notes for editors:

The Diocese of Worcester is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell. 

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester

Tel: 01905 20537    Mobile: 07852 302516     Fax: 01905 612302

Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk

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