New Archdeacon of Bolton Appointed

The Bishop of Manchester has appointed Canon Jean Burgess, 55, to be the new Archdeacon of Bolton. Jean is currently Priest in Charge of the parish of St Alkmund and St Werburgh in Derby and Dean of Women’s Ministry in the Diocese of Derby.

Jean Burgess began her ordained ministry in the Diocese of Derby, when she became Assistant Curate at St George and St Mary, Gresley in 2003. In 2008 she was appointed Assistant Curate at St Alkmund and St Werburgh in Derby. She has been Priest-in-Charge there since 2013, when she also became Dean of Women’s Ministry. Jean is an Honorary Canon of Derby Cathedral and was appointed Assistant Archdeacon of Derby earlier this year. Jean also holds a Master's Degree in Theology and Pastoral Studies from Nottingham University.

The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, said “I'm very much looking forward to Jean joining us as Archdeacon of Bolton. She is blessed with both a great heart and a wise head, both underpinned by a strong personal faith and a desire to learn and grow in Christ. She will be a huge asset in our leadership team, among the parishes, and in the wider community.”

The Bishop of Bolton, The Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft, said “I am delighted that Canon Jean Burgess is going to join our team as Archdeacon of Bolton. She is passionate about the mission of the Church and brings a wealth of experience of helping churches grow and thrive. Her unique and special gifts will be a great asset to the Archdeaconry of Bolton and to the wider diocese. We pray for her as she makes the transition from Derby to the Bolton Archdeaconry.”

Jean Burgess said, "I am thrilled to have been appointed Archdeacon of Bolton and I look forward to working together with the people of Manchester Diocese to enable us to embody the vision of becoming a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community."

Jean is married to Graham and has three grown up children, Emily, Charlotte and Joseph and one grandchild Alice. She expects to take up her new post in the week before Easter 2018.

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