The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Janet Elizabeth McFarlane, BMedSci, BA, Archdeacon of Norwich, in the Diocese of Norwich, to the Suffragan See of Repton in the Diocese of Derby.The announcement of the first female Bishop in Derbyshire and the East Midlands and the ninth female Bishop in the Church of England was made from Downing Street shortly after 10am this morning, Friday 26 February 2016.
Jan McFarlane said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to become the sixth Bishop of Repton. I know Derbyshire a little having spent the first 18 years of my life in north Staffordshire and I’m looking forward to really getting to know this beautiful county and those who live and work and worship here.“I’m passionate about the Christian faith and am energised by the challenges and opportunities we face as we learn how to adapt and grow in order to share that faith with a new generation. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the various community groups in Derby and beyond.”
Jan McFarlane will be consecrated as a Bishop on Wednesday 29 June in London.The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern said: “ I am delighted to welcome Jan McFarlane to the Diocese as the new Bishop of Repton. She brings an enormous range of gifts and skills to this task. I look forward to working with her as a colleague. This is a challenging moment for the Church of England and I am confident of the rich possibilities for the mission of this Diocese.”
The Venerable Jan McFarlane (age 51) was educated first at Sheffield University, where she trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, and then at St John’s College, Durham; and she trained for ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham.Jan served her first curacy at Stafford in Lichfield Diocese from 1993 to 1996 and was among the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in 1994. From 1996 to 1999 she was Chaplain and Minor Canon at Ely Cathedral. Since 1999 she has been Director of Communications in the Diocese of Norwich.
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