Our new Archdeacons Designate

we can announce the names of our new Archdeacons Designate who will be joining us to help our diocese in our agreed aim, to get fit for mission.

Our new Archdeacons Designate are:-
  • Jennifer McKenzie: Archdeacon-designate of Wigan and West Lancashire. 
  • Roger Preece: Archdeacon-designate of St Helens and Warrington
  • Pete Spiers: Archdeacon-designate of Knowsley and Sefton.
Provided all legal processes for their Archdeaconries can be completed we expect that they will be formally collated on Saturday November 14 in the Cathedral. The Bulletin will be giving more information about this in the autumn. 
Bishop Paul said: “From a large and extremely strong field of candidates we have been able to appoint three excellent clergy who will enable us to move forward as we seek to become a bigger church making a bigger difference in our communities. Together with Archdeacon Ricky, and under Bishop Richard's guidance, they will form a great team to challenge, support, equip and encourage clergy and parishes across our diocese.
We have a tremendously strong Core Group and wider staff team. Our three new Archdeacons will bring experience and energy to enrich us still further. I am confident therefore that the ideas in "Fit for Mission" will be implemented wisely and creatively across the Diocese. I pray for Jennifer, Roger and Pete, and for their families, as they prepare for this next step.”
Bishop Richard added “I know from experience the importance of Archdeacons and the pressures on their time. So having a team of this calibre with the ability to work proactively to support the leadership of our diocese will be invaluable. God has called a group with a wide range of experience to join us, I look forward to welcoming and working with them and like Bishop Paul pray for them all at this time of transition.”
Meet Revd Jennifer Mckenzie - Archdeacon Designate Wigan and West Lancashire
Jennifer has served in a number of roles in the Dioceses of Washington DC and Virginia within The Episcopal Church since 2002. In Washington she served the Task Forces on Congregational Development and on Affordable Housing.

She has experience in interim ministry and in resolving conflict within congregations, in one parish setting in particular as a result of the difficulties and litigation in The Episcopal Church over these past years. Jennifer has her MDiv and has completed the coursework toward her Doctor of Ministry in Ministry Development, both from Virginia Theological Seminary.

Find out more about Jennifer here
Meet Revd Roger Preece - Archdeacon Designate St Helens and Warrington
Roger is currently Vicar of Bowdon in the Diocese of Chester, and before this was on the staff at All Saints Marple in that Diocese. His life prior to ordination included many years in management consultancy and in the financial sector.

Roger’s work at Bowdon has been written up and highlighted by the national Church Growth team as an example of sustained good practice.

Find out more about Roger here
Meet Revd Canon Pete Spiers - Archdeacon Designate Knowsley and Sefton
Pete is currently Vicar of St Luke’s Great Crosby in this Diocese. He has spent the whole of his ordained life in the Diocese, ministering in a number of parishes and social contexts here. For some time he was Chair of our House of Clergy, and served also as Chair of the national Clergy Chairs Forum.

In addition Pete has served on the General Synod and as a national member of the Crown Nominations Commission among many other things. 

Find out more about Pete here

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