Our people


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Our diocese is led by Bishop Martin Seeley (Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich), assisted by Bishop Mike Harrison (Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich).

In total there are four Archdeacons, including: The Venerable Sally Gaze, Archdeacon of Rural Mission, The Venerable Jeanette Gosney, Archdeacon of Suffolk, The Venerable Rhiannon King, Archdeacon of Ipswich and The Venerable Dr David Jenkins, Archdeacon of Sudbury. 

Archdeacons | Weblink

There are around 117 stipendiary clergy and 44 self-supporting ministers, roughly 150 Lay Licensed Ministers and about 500 commissioned lay assistants (Lay Elders) in the parishes. Some of the key people you may hear about are:

Ordained Ministers: Clergy, Reverends, Vicars, Rector, and Priests (Incumbants) who are called to represent the church in the wider world. They lead the church’s mission and ministry through worship and prayer, preaching and teaching, community engagement and pastoral work. Some ordained ministers are self-supporting and serve locally, and some are stipendiary (which is package of benefits including housing and a pension). Some are parish-based, while others serve in schools, hospitals, prisons and elsewhere as chaplains.

Deacons and Curates: Those successfully completing their Ordination training are ordained as a Deacon to start to serve in a specific parish as a Curate. Curacy is a vital time in which newly ordained ministers continue to learn and grow in the roles to which God has called them.  After a year of service, and completing the post-ordination training, a deacon will be ordained priest.

Licensed Lay Ministers: Children's Workers, Elders, Evangelists, Lightwave Leaders, Pioneers, Readers and Youth Ministers, who are all volunteers who undertake training to support the mission of the church.  Some may share in the leading of worship, support in a pastoral role within our communities or lead groups or lead teams that develop new worshippping communities.  

Explore our ministries | Weblink

 

Our Congregations

We regularly serve over 12,000 people attending weekly worship in our churches, with nearly 40,000 people attending a Christmas service and 20,000 attending at Easter.  

Together we are one of the largest voluntary organisations in Suffolk shaping lives and communities, as well as growing our Church for the good of everyone.