Diane Kershaw 1970-2016
14th December 2016
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that the Revd Diane Kershaw, Mission Priest at St Philip’s (formerly city:base) Bishop’s Mission Order and leader of the Mission House based at St Paul’s vicarage, Wordsworth Avenue, Sheffield, died very suddenly on Monday 12 December 2016. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and the St Philip’s community at this time.
A true pioneer in the Diocese of Sheffield, Diane was a key leader in the development of city:base and was to be licensed in January 2017 as the new Senior Leader of St Philips. Diane was the first ordained Pioneer Curate in the Diocese. Diane had a very clear vocation to Pioneer ministry and clearly lived this out in her work and personal commitment every day. Diane did some very imaginative and creative work, often under difficult circumstances, from which the Diocese will continue to learn and grow.
Under Diane’s leadership, the Mission House at St Paul’s Vicarage achieved significant growth and became a wider resource in mission to the North Sheffield Estates. Diane was highly regarded across the Diocese of Sheffield for her passion and energy in God’s mission, and will be greatly missed.
Diane was licensed on Tuesday 28 June 2016 at Sheffield Cathedral. Prior to her licensing to the Bishops Mission Order, Diane had worked as a valued, Self-Supporting Minister and Assistant Curate of Shiregreen St James and St Christopher and Sheffield St Paul’s Wordsworth Avenue from 2011, during which time she planted the Mission House at St Paul’s Vicarage, and before that was at St Thomas’ at Philadelphia - all within the Diocese of Sheffield.
Diane is well known to many. Born in 1970, Diane graduated from the University of Sheffield (Bachelor of Arts) in 1992. She completed her theological training at Yorkshire Ministry Course in 2009. Diane was ordained as Deacon in 2011 by Archbishop Sentamu and ordained Priest in 2012. Diane was also a UK leader in the Order of Mission.