Appointments and retirements


The Bishops' Office has recently announced the following appointments and retirements:

Updated 4 May 2021

The Revd Chris Childs, Team Vicar and Acting Team Rector, The Forest Heath Team Ministry, will in addition to his current role be Rural Dean, Mildenhall Deanery. This will take effect on 1 May 2021.

Updated 27 April 2021

The Reverend Caroline Morwenna Hallett retires from her post as Rector, Acton with Great Waldingfield, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. To retire with effect from 1 August 2021

Updated 20 April 2021

The Revd Stephen Raymond Morley retires from his post as Vicar, Bures with Assington and Little Cornard and Rural Dean, Sudbury
Deanery, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, with effect from 31 August 2021.

The Revd Mark Charles Stewart Cresswell moves from his post as Interim Priest in Charge, Carlford, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, to his new post as SSM Assistant Curate, Carlford, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

The Revd Stuart William Batten moves from his post as Vicar, Holy Trinity Barkingside and priest in charge, St Francis Barkingside, Diocese of Chelmsford, to his new post as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Updated 30 March 2021

The Revd Clive Howard has submitted resignation for his post as Vicar, The Benefice of Woodbridge St John and Bredfield. This will take effect on: 9 August 2021 following a period of sabbatical from 14 April 2021 to 14 July 2021.

The Revd Stuart William Batten, moves from his post as Vicar, Holy Trinity Barkingside and priest in charge, St Francis Barkingside, Diocese of Chelmsford, to his new post as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

The Revd Joshua John Bailey moves from his post as Associate Vicar, St. Mary’s, Parish of Great Chesham, Diocese of Oxford, to his new post as  Priest in Charge, Bungay & Pioneer Leader of the Lightwave Rural Hub.

The Revd Canon Malcolm Max Eric Osborne moves from his post as Vicar, All Saints Newmarket and Rural Dean, Mildenhall, to his new post as Rector, Horringer and Assistant Rural Dean, Thingoe.

The Revd Peter Mark Lowther, Rector at Alde Sandlings, will retire with effect from 31 August 2021.

Updated 15 March 2021

The Revd Katrina Mary Dykes moves from her post as Priest in Charge, Abbotts Ann, Upper Clatford and Goodworth Clatford, Diocese of Winchester, to her new post as Rector, Carlford.

Dominic Julian Anderson Doble moves from his post as Rector, Watercombe Benefice, Diocese of Salisbury, to his new post as Team Rector, Blyth Valley and Priest in Charge Heveningham with Ubbeston, Huntingfield & Cookley.

Updated 9 February 2021

The Revd Tom Mumford, in addition to his current role as Assistant Curate, Sudbury St Gregory with St Peter and Chilton, will be Assistant Rural Dean, Sudbury Deanery. This will take effect on 8 February 2021.

The Revd Carl Melville has submitted resignation for his post as Assistant Rural Dean, Gipping Valley as of 2 February 2021. He will continue his role as Rector, Bacton with Wyverstone, Cotton and Old Newton, and Wickham Skeith.

The Revd Leslie Siu, in addition to his current role as Vicar, Wickham Market with Pettistree, will be Rural Dean, Loes Deanery as of 28 January 2021.

The Revd Annette Shannon, in addition to her current role as Rector, The North Samford Benefice , will be Assistant Rural Dean, Samford Deanery, as of 28 January 2021.

The Revd Canon Liesbeth Oosterhof, in addition to her current role as Rector, Shoreline Benefice, will be continuing her role as Rural Dean, Samford Deanery, for a further 2 years.

The Revd Chris Davey, in addition to his current role as Priest in Charge, Framlingham with Saxtead, will be Assistant Rural Dean, Loes Deanery, as of 28 January 2021.

The Revd Ian Daniels, SSM Associate Priest, The Benefice of Ipswich St Augustine’s, will also be SSM Lead Minister, Lindbergh Road Community Church (a church plant, part of Inspiring Ipswich) in the parish of Ipswich St Augustine’s as of 31 January 2021.

The Revd David John Everett moves from his post as PTO, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, to his new post as SSM Interim Team Vicar, The Forest Heath Team Ministry.

The Revd Charlotte Alice Cook, in addition to her current role as Half Time Priest in Charge, Westerfield and Tuddenham St Martin with Witnesham, will be Assistant Rural Dean, Ipswich deanery. This will take effect on: 16 February 2021.

The Revd Eric Falla moves from his post as SSM Assistant Curate, East Bergholt and Brantham, to his new post as House for Duty, Interim Priest in Charge, Bramford with Little Blakenham, Baylham and Nettlestead.

The Revd Christopher Childs, in addition to his pending posts as Team Vicar, The Forest Heath Team Ministry, and Assistant Rural Dean, Mildenhall Deanery, will also be Acting Team Rector, The Forest Heath Team Ministry. This will take effect on 11 February 2021.

Updated 14 January

The Revd Andrew Buttress moves from his position as Assistant Curate, Ipswich St Matthew with Triangle and All Saints, to his new position as Assistant Curate (to be known as Leader),Bridge Church,Ipswich Deanery.

The Revd Mark Cresswell, Interim Priest in Charge of The Benefice of Carlford and The Parish of Culpho, will be Interim priest in Charge of The Benefice of Carlford. This is due to a new pastoral measure which took effect on 1 January 2021.

The Revd Canon Tim Jones has submitted resignation for his post as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and New Ministries and Associate Priest, The Benefice of The Lark Valley and North Bury Team. Tim will be taking up a new post as Diocesan Director of Ministry and Discipleship in the Diocese of Llandaff.

The Revd Andy Todd, SSM Assistant Curate of The Benefice of St Mary’s Woodbridge, will be SSM Assistant Curate of The Benefice of Woodbridge St Mary with Great Bealings. This is due to a new pastoral measure which took effect on 1 January 2021.

The Revd Gary Jones, SSM Assistant Curate of The Benefice of Kesgrave, will be SSM Assistant Curate (to be known as local minister) of The Benefice of Kesgrave with Little Bealings and Playford. This is due to a new pastoral measure which took effect on 1 January 2021.

The Revd Robin Spittle, Vicar of The Benefice of Kesgrave, will be Rector of The Benefice of Kesgrave with Little Bealings and Playford. This is due to a new pastoral measure which took effect on 1 January 2021.

The Revd Nigel John Prior, Rector of The Benefice of St Marys Woodbridge and Priest in Charge of Great Bealings, will be Rector of The Benefice of Woodbridge St Mary with Great Bealings. This is due to a new pastoral measure which took effect on 1 January 2021.

The Revd David Preece, moves from his post as Assistant Curate, Busbridge and Hambledon, Diocese of Guildford, to his new post as Priest in Charge, Saxmundham with Kelsale cum Carlton,.

The Very Revd Jo Delfgou, in addition to his current posts as Rector, The Benefice of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley, and The Dean of Bocking, will take on the new role of Rural Dean, Hadleigh Deanery, on 1 January 2021. Jo will be taking over from The Revd Mark Woodrow.

The Revd Michael Mike Keith Simm, moves from his post as Minister, Cliff Park Community Church, Gorleston, Norwich Diocese, to his new post as Minister, Southgate LEP.

The Revd Daniel Harrison, in addition to his current posts as Rector, South Bosmere, will also be Assistant Rural Dean, The Gipping Valley Deanery. This appointment will take effect on 25 January 2021.


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