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New Archdeacon of Wilts Appointed

by Michael Ford last modified 06 Oct, 2017 10:24 AM

To Wiltshire from Bermondsey: the Revd Ruth Worsley, Parish Development Officer for the Diocese of Southwark, is to be the next Archdeacon of Wilts.

Ruth, who is also a chaplain to HM The Queen, will be responsible to the bishop for the life and work of the parishes in the deaneries which make up her archdeaconry.

She will also have additional diocesan wide responsibilities.

Ruth was ordained into the Diocese of Southwell and is a former Area Dean of Nottingham North (2006 to 2008), Nottingham South (2008 to 2010) and Dean of Women's Ministry (2007 to 2010).

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said today: “We are delighted to be welcoming Ruth to take up the particular responsibilities associated with being Archdeacon of Wilts. She has a welcome blend of parish, deanery and diocesan experience which is just what we need as we continue to develop our sense of renewal in mission.”

Ruth (50) is married to Howard, who is also a priest.  They have three sons, Nathanael, Jonathan and Benjamin.

The new Archdeacon said today: “I'm delighted to be moving to the wilds of Wiltshire from balmy Bermondsey. I'm looking forward to working with a great bunch of people who are seeking to discover more of God.”

She added: “Living in a family of men who are 'outdoorsy', I admit I'd rather curl up in front of an open fire with a good book. However a friend has offered to take me fly fishing!”
Ruth will be doing some final work in south London before moving in the New Year and taking up her post in February.


The Bishop of Salisbury 
Archdeacons’ page 

Further information
Contact the Revd Ruth Worsley:
07969 347200, 

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