New Dean of Women's Ministry announced for the Diocese of Sheffield

7th June 2018

The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield, is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Amanda Barraclough as the new Dean of Women’s Ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield.

Amanda is currently the Rector of St Mary’s Sprotbrough where she has served since July 2015.

The Revd Barraclough trained on the Northern Ordination Course and was ordained a Priest in 2001, carrying out her Curacy at St George Lupset in the Diocese of Wakefield from 2000-2004.  Following that she was the Vicar of St Mary’s Woodkirk, also in the Diocese of Wakefield (later Leeds), until her current parish appointment.

Amanda is also the Area Dean of Adwick-le-Street, a role she will relinquish over the summer to allow her to concentrate on her new role as Dean of Women’s Ministry.

Commenting on the announcement, Amanda said:

“God’s call often seems like an unlooked-for surprise; the next step you never saw coming, but when it comes seems obvious. This is how this role feels to me. Though a little daunted, and still quite new to the area, I welcome the opportunity to build relationships across the Diocese which will ensure that the voices of women are heard in all their diversity. I am convinced that a culture where women in ministry can thrive is not only good for women. It is good for all. My prayer is that Sheffield Diocese will increasingly reflect that. I intend, under God, to do all that I can, with your support and that of an advisory group, to encourage our diocese to be a beacon of good practice when it comes to supporting women in their ministries.”

Bishop Pete said:

“I am delighted that Amanda has accepted my invitation to take up the role of Dean of Women’s Ministry and to join the Bishop’s senior staff team in that capacity.  Amanda is a highly effective and experienced parish priest and has proved in recent years to be a very able Area Dean as well, and I have no doubt that she will discharge this new role with distinction.  We look forward to welcoming her into the Bishop’s senior staff team over the summer.  To be Dean of Women’s Ministry is a challenging role in any Diocese, but it is all the more challenging in our Diocese at present on account of our recent history and I have therefore asked Amanda to convene and chair an advisory group of women who can together reflect the diversity of women in ministry, lay and ordained.  I look forward to working with Amanda in establishing this group, and then to working with her to secure the flourishing of all God’s people for the sake of the whole mission of God.”

A service will take place to license Amanda to her new role in the early autumn (date to be announced).

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