Jonathan has moved to Worcester from Northampton to take up the new role, which will involve helping to develop the ministry of all those in churches across Worcestershire and Dudley.

Jonathan Kimber being licensed by Bishop John

For the past nine years Jonathan has been Vicar of St. Benedict’s Church in Northampton, where he has helped to grow the congregation and developed a number of initiatives to support people in growing their own faith. He has valuable experience in training, including curate training in the Diocese of Peterborough, and chaired the diocesan planning group for a four-day Bishop’s Conference for clergy and lay ministers. Jonathan has thought deeply about leadership in the church and has recently written his PhD thesis on the subject which engages with the insights of prominent theologians and philosophers. He also had a secular career prior to his ordination.

Jonathan said: "Since moving here last month, I've really enjoyed beginning to get to know Worcester and the surrounding area – what a great part of the world! Everyone I've met has been very kind and welcoming, so I'm feeling very much at home already. It's a new role for me, as well as being a new diocese, and it will take a little while to get to know people and places. But I really look forward to doing so, and to discovering more about current great work, and the challenges and opportunities that exist."

Bishop John preached about discipleship at the Evensong service and said: “Jonathan comes here to take up a new post with an emphasis on encouraging Bishop John preachingdiscipleship throughout the Diocese. We don’t always need to get things right in order to be used by God. If we choose to let Him, He’ll use us despite our faults. The people of the Diocese of Worcester are wonderful but not perfect. We are flawed just like the first disciples of Jesus and all need encouragement in our discipleship. Jonathan; as you provide this encouragement, may you receive grace and may God bless you richly.”

Jonathan grew up in Northern Ireland and after studying Maths at university, spent seven years working in London in computing, primarily for the John Lewis Partnership. He trained for ministry in Durham before spending three years as curate at St Peter's Weston Favell, becoming Vicar of St Benedict's in 2005. Jonathan has recently submitted a PhD on Leadership in the Church. He is married to Lynne, a hospital pharmacist and they have two children – Zoe, 12 and Matthew, 9. His hobbies include music (playing, listening, and occasionally composing), bird watching and astronomy. He also enjoys walking in the countryside and following the cricket.

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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.

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