THE NEXT Archdeacon of Worcester was installed at Worcester Cathedral in front of hundreds of people.
Sunday’s (November 16) service as part of Evensong marked the formal start of Canon Robert Jones’ new ministry.
Bishop John spoke at the service and said no-one knew the Diocese better than Robert.
“Few have ministered in it as long or love it as much,” he said.
“One of Robert’s best qualities is a love of God and a love of people – he is a priest through and through.
“In his new role, Robert will have a wide brief and I know he will care for churches in the Worcester Archdeaconry with great love and diligence.
“My prayer is that he be able to lead as Archdeacon as he did on the diocesan pilgrimage earlier in the year, not getting between people and God, but allowing God to reach people and transform them.”
Robert has been a priest in the Diocese since he was ordained in 1980. After spending four years as a Curate at Holy Innocents, St John’s and St Peter’ s in Kidderminster, he served as Vicar of St. Francis in Dudley for eight years and then as Rector of St. Barnabas with Christ Church in Worcester for 14 years.
He has most recently been the Director of Development, heading up the team responsible for both clergy and lay training across the Diocese.
In this role Robert established the popular Authorised Lay Minister programme, which has trained over 300 people in different areas of ministry.
Robert said: “It was a very moving service and I was overwhelmed by the warmth and presence of so many people. There were lots of friendly faces who have been part of my story all the way along and it was a wonderfully affirming start to this next part of my ministry.”
Robert moved into the Diocese from just over the border in Birmingham when he was young and was confirmed in St John’s, Halesowen in 1966.
He studied languages at University before he trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and, as a fluent German speaker, is very involved in the diocesan partnership with Magdeburg and the Church of England’s Meissen Agreement with the German Protestant Church.
In his spare time Robert enjoys the odd pint of beer, walking, singing in a choir and music-making.