New Archdeacon of Doncaster announced

Bishop Steven has announced that the new Archdeacon of Doncaster is to be the Revd. Steve Wilcockson, currently Parish Development Officer in the Diocese of Chester.



Steve will succeed the Bob Fitzharris who retires at the end of the year.


Coincidentally, the new Archdeacon – like Bob – hails from the Wirral and they attended almost adjacent secondary schools.



Steve is married to Heather, a Health Visitor, and they have two grown up children – Paul and Debbie – and two young grandchildren. He lists among his interests history, leadership, football and rugby union (just watching these days, and he promises to get into rugby league!).



He is a regular at his local gym. On days off, Steve and Heather can often be seen heading across the fields of Cheshire in the company of their dog.



Steve has university degrees in Law and French, as well as in Theology, from Nottingham and Oxford.  He trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has long experience of parish ministry in a wide variety of contexts.



Throughout his thirty-five years of ministry, Steve has been particularly active in evangelism, mission and leadership training.



He served as Curate in both Bradford and Southwark dioceses. His first parish as vicar was an inner urban area of Merseyside. He then moved to a large parish of housing estates in Chester. Both these parishes experienced significant growth under his leadership.



He served as vicar of one of the biggest suburban churches in Greater London for 14 years and, for seven years, was Rural Dean of Epsom. He returned to the Chester Diocese to take up his present post in 2009.



For several years he trained clergy and church planters in N. India and E. Africa. He has been active in the global mission of the Church, having preached in every continent (except Antarctica!).



He is a Church Pastoral Aid Society Council Member and, for many years, was a Trustee of the South American Mission Society. In his present job, he spends much of his time supporting, training and mentoring fellow-clergy, and enabling parishes engage in mission. He is often a speaker at New Wine Summer Conferences.



Bishop Steven said today: “I am absolutely delighted that Steve has accepted the invitation to be Archdeacon of Doncaster.  He will bring very significant experience of parish ministry to his new role and the experience of encouraging and supporting clergy and lay ministers.  He is used to working with a great variety of church traditions and in many different contexts.  We look forward enormously to welcoming Steve and Heather to the Diocese”



The Archdeacon-designate said today: “I am honoured to be invited to serve the Sheffield Diocese, and am inspired by Bishop Steven’s vision for growing sustainable churches to serve every part of the Diocese. I look forward to getting to know the parishes and communities of the Doncaster Archdeaconry in particular, to learning the story of each parish, and to discovering together what God is calling us to be and to do in the coming years.”



The new Archdeacon will be installed as Archdeacon in Sheffield Cathedral on January 25th.


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