Archdeacon of Lincoln to leave diocese for new position

The Archdeacon of Lincoln, the Ven Tim Barker, will leave the Diocese of Lincoln in the autumn after being appointed as Dean of Guernsey and Rector of St André de la Pommaraye.

Tim and wife Judy have been in the Diocese of Lincoln since 1998, when Tim moved from the Diocese of Chester to be vicar of the parish of St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding.

He was rural dean of Elloe West for nine years, and, for a short time, rural dean of both Elloe West and Elloe East. Tim was then appointed Archdeacon of Lincoln in 2009.

At one point or other during his time in the Diocese of Lincoln, Tim has served on almost every diocesan committee, has been a member of the Cathedral Chapter, and has represented the diocese nationally as a member of the General Synod.

He is chair of the National Archdeacons Forum, and a member of the Church Buildings Council.

As Dean of Guernsey, Tim will be the senior clergyman in the bailiwick, which includes Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.

Tim said: “I’m excited by the new opportunities in Guernsey. I will leave the Diocese of Lincoln with much gratitude for the people and places I’ve come to know and love, and will always retain huge affection for Lincolnshire and its people.”

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, added: “As a parish priest and then as Archdeacon of Lincoln, Tim has been a tremendously loyal and dedicated servant of the Diocese of Lincoln.

“He goes to Guernsey with a huge debt of gratitude, and with my blessings to both Tim and Judy for the joys and challenges of their future ministry.”