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Jenny Tomlinson announced as the new Archdeacon of Birmingham

10th Feb 2019

Congratulations to Revd Canon Jenny Tomlinson, the Mission and Ministry Adviser for the Colchester Area, and Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry, who has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Birmingham.

Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, said:

“Jenny Tomlinson will be a wonderful Archdeacon. The diocese of Birmingham is getting someone of great faithfulness, ability, and generosity of spirit.

As Advisor for Women’s Ministry, Mission and Ministry Advisor, Interim Minister and member of the senior team here in the Diocese of Chelmsford, Jenny has served us with tremendous wisdom, grace and perseverance. We will miss her hugely, but I am delighted that her gifts and experience will be used for the building of the kingdom in the diocese of Birmingham.”

Jenny added:  

“I am very excited about my new role, but it will be sad to leave friends and colleagues in this wonderful diocese where I have learned so much, been richly blessed, and served for over 20 years.”

Jenny’s last Sunday service here will be on Easter Day, Sunday 21 April 2019 at St James’ Sewards End, in the Saffron Walden Team Ministry. She expects to begin her ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham in May.  

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Jenny Tomlinson read history at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and worked in NHS management in Surrey. She trained for ordination at Ridley Hall Cambridge and served her curacy in the parish of St John the Baptist Busbridge, in Guildford diocese. She was among the first women to be ordained priest in 1994.

Jenny moved to the diocese of Chelmsford in 1998 and has held parish posts in Grays and the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry, and as an Interim Minister in the North Blackwater parishes. As a healthcare chaplain in South West Essex, she initiated a new model of community chaplaincy. She was appointed the Bishop’s Adviser on Women’s Ministry in 2008, and as Mission and Ministry Adviser for the Colchester Episcopal Area in 2011.

Jenny has been a member of General Synod since 2009, and was appointed an honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral in 2012.