New Advisor for Disability and Inclusion appointed to key church role

2nd August 2016

The Bishop of Doncaster is delighted to announced the appointment of the Revd Katie Tupling as the new Bishop’s Advisor for Disability and Inclusion Issues.

Revd Tupling is the Vicar at Christ Church Dore, Sheffield; she will hold this new post in conjunction with her regular parish ministry. The role aims to enhance awareness of, support for, and inclusion of people with disability issues within the life and witness of the Church communities in the Diocese of Sheffield through formulation of policy, provision of information and sharing good practice.

Katie began her working life as a Youth and Community Worker in and across Birmingham, before Ordination in 2003. She served her Curacy in Belper, and first incumbency in the Hope Valley as Vicar of Hathersage, Bamford and Grindleford - both in Derby Diocese. While in the Diocese of Derby, Katie was the Disability Advisor, and assistant to the Dean of Women. Katie is a big fan of canals and real ale. She is married to Chris, a Primary school teacher, and they have one young son and a rescue Lurcher.

The post will:

  • provide practical information, links and resources for parishes on disability and inclusion issues in the Church;
  • be an member of the Diocesan Board of Faith and Justice;
  • raise awareness and engagement on matters of disability and inclusion;
  • convene a Disability and Inclusion Issues Working Group.

Katie said:

"I am looking forward to supporting churches and individuals as we value the place of Disability, explore the theology of Disability, and allow these conversations to shape our attitudes towards Disability. With a lived experience of physical disability - Cerebral Palsy - and a growing understanding of the wider spectrum of disabilities, I am aware this is a big role.... So I am looking to share this with local advocates."

The new role starts immediately. 

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