Archdeacon of Ludlow

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The Diocese of Hereford is pleased to announce that Revd Fiona Gibson is to become the next Archdeacon of Ludlow. This is the first time the Diocese of Hereford has appointed a woman to a senior position and marks a significant step forward for the Church of England in this rural Diocese.

The new Archdeacon will be focused on mission, education, and clergy wellbeing. As a being member of Bishop’s Staff she will have a particular emphasis on supporting parishes in the Ludlow Archdeaconry. She is a keen advocate for women’s ministry and hopes to encourage more women into leadership roles in the Church.

Fiona was ordained in St Albans Diocese in 2011 and has served all her ministry in in that diocese. As well as receiving her training there, Revd Fiona has been responsible for two curates in training. She also currently serves on General Synod, the Church of England's elected governing body, various diocesan bodies, the Verulam House Fund Trust (awarding modest bursaries and project grants promoting education, spirituality, witness and service), the Oak Hill College Council, Vice Chair of the national committee of The Junia Network (formerly AWESOME - a group for evangelical Anglican female clergy), sits on the Transformations Steering Group and is a member of the CPAS Council of Reference.

Having spent six years in rural ministry she was particularly attracted to this role because of the rural nature of the diocese and opportunity to strategically shape mission and ministry beyond parish boundaries.

Fiona will be moving to south Shropshire with her husband Dave early in 2021 and it is anticipated she will start in the new role in late April 2021. She and Dave have two young adult children, both at university.