The Bishop of Liverpool has appointed Revd Sam Nicholson to serve as Dean of Women’s Ministry for the next two years.
Following a consultation with the women clergy of our diocese Bishop Paul decided to seek a replacement for Cynthia.
Following an interview process, where the bishop was supported by Revds Joan Matthews and Margaret Sherwin, Sam was offered the role. She will continue her ministry in Wigan whilst serving as a full member of Core Group.
Bishop Paul said “I'm proud to be a Bishop in a Diocese committed to full equality and championing the value of women’s ministry. So I felt it was important, after Cynthia’s retirement, that we should continue to have a Dean of Women’s Ministry who will be a member of the Bishop's Core Group. I consulted the women clergy of our diocese for advice on the role and for suggestions as to candidates.
The overwhelming majority of those who replied have agreed with me that we need to keep this role, at least in the short term. A number of people were commended to me, but two names in particular emerged as widely commended. Together with two of our senior women clergy, I interviewed the candidates earlier this week.
After prayerful consideration I have asked Revd Sam Nicholson to take on the role, and she has kindly agreed to be our Dean of Women's Ministry for two years. Her gifts, passion and dedication to this position will make her an excellent and worthy successor to Cynthia and I look forward to welcoming her to Core Group. Please join me in praying for Sam, and thanking God for all the women who enrich our diocese through their ministry.”
Sam commented “I feel privileged to have been asked to be the next Dean of Women’s Ministry. It's a challenging role and in Cynthia I have big shoes to fill. I pledge to play a full role in the life of our diocese and the work of Core Group. I pray that I will be a passionate advocate of women's ministry and support and encourage the many talented, gifted female priests in our diocese"
I pray that I will be a passionate advocate of women's ministry and support and encourage the many talented, gifted female priests in our diocese