Robert was appointed as the new Archdeacon in July and this service will mark the formal start of his new ministry.

Robert has been a priest in the Diocese since he was ordained in 1980. After spending four years as a Curate at Holy Innocents, St John's and St Peter' s in Kidderminster, he 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 has most recently been the Director of Development, heading up the team responsible for both clergy and lay training across the Diocese. In this role Robert established the popular Authorised Lay Minister programme, which has trained over 300 people in different areas of ministry.

Bishop John said: "Robert is a gifted and well-loved priest who is very mission-minded. It'll be great to have a full complement of Archdeacons again and I'm looking forward to continuing to work with him as part of the senior team as we move forwards as Kingdom People."

Robert said: "Being licensed at Evensong in the Cathedral on Sunday, surrounded by friends and family will be a very special start to my new ministry as Archdeacon. And from Monday onwards I'm looking forward to getting stuck-in to the role, getting out and about and supporting the great initiatives I already know are happening as our churches reach out to their local communities."

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.

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 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
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk