The Diocese of Chester is delighted to announce that the Revd Sarah Fenby has been appointed to the newly created joint role of Diocesan Director of Vocations and Residentiary Canon.

Starting on 14 October, Sarah will divide her busy six-day working week between Church House, Daresbury, and Chester Cathedral.

Sarah’s duties in her new role will be many and varied but will largely involve the development of a recruitment strategy for vocations as well as working with staff and 250 volunteers at the Cathedral.

The Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Tim Stratford said: “We are delighted to welcome Sarah as a canon at the Cathedral with significant diocesan responsibility to serve those exploring their Christian vocation. I hope this will help us build relationships and fellowship between Cathedral and parishes. Sarah will also be leading the Cathedral’s work with its volunteers, developing discipleship.”

Sarah is making the move from the Diocese of Worcester where she is currently Vocations and Training Officer. She previously spent over 17 years in parish ministry, working in urban, suburban and rural town contexts.

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, said: “All of us in the Diocese of Worcester offer Sarah our congratulations on this appointment. We are grateful for all she has given during her short time here and pray that God’s rich blessing will be on her and her family in the future.”

Sarah says: "I'm very excited to be joining the Diocese of Chester at a time of transition and opportunity. Vocations are in good health in the diocese and I'm looking forward to building on the good work that has gone before, working with the excellent vocations team, and getting to know the many committed and faithful volunteers at Chester Cathedral.

"As a keen walker, I'm also looking forward to seeing what this beautiful and dynamic part of the country has to offer and exploring the historic city of Chester."

When Sarah manages to get time to herself, she enjoys walking, playing tennis and good conversation.