Archdeacon of Dudley
The Venerable Nikki Groarke
- Share in leading the ministry and mission of the diocese, working with rural deans and lay officers to help grow healthy churches which serve their communities and proclaim and demonstrate God’s kingdom values.
- Serve on numerous committees
- Care pastorally for clergy and their families
- Appointments, faculties and a whole multitude of other
I took up this post in January 2014 and am greatly looking forward to exploring the 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.
This post combines 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.
In my spare time I enjoy running and going to the gym, cycling and hopefully (if I can find some people who want their horses exercised!) I will take up horse-riding again. I am an extrovert who loves cooking meals for friends. I enjoy gardening too, although my new garden is about ten times the size of my tiny one in London, so will be a challenge to keep weed-free!
I grew up in Worcestershire and am glad to be home – my parents and brother and his family all live locally. I was a pupil at Flyford Flavell Primary and Pershore High schools. Then, after gaining a degree in modern languages, I 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.
I trained for ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, was ordained in 2000, and then spent thirteen years ministering in two different churches in London. Whilst there I was also involved in training and development of clergy in various diocesan roles, and with CPAS and New Wine.