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Last updated 27th January 2023

Clergy Moves and News

APPOINTMENTS IN THE DIOCESE (January 2022 onwards)

Name Post(s) Licensing date
Revd Joanne Macholc Hospital Chaplain: East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 5th July
Revd Victor Sohail Assistant Curate, Altham with Clayton le Moors Benefice 5th July 
Revd Carolyn Leitch Interim Vicar: Fleetwood St Nicholas 5th July 
Revd Jane Atkinson Area Dean of Poulton 13th July 
Revd Cindy Rigney Area Dean of Tunstall 15th July 
Revd Nicholas Heale Vicar: North & East Blackburn 19th July 
Revd Emma Swarbrick  Mission Enabler Lytham Benefice 16th August
Revd Michael Print Priest in Charge: Chorley All Saints 5th September
Revd Jon Price Vicar of Brindle St James & Diocesan Start of Ministry Officer 19th September
Revd Alison Mitchell Vicar: Darwen St Peter 17th October
Revd James Lapping Urban Outreach Minister, Church of the Saviour (Redeemer Benefice) Blackburn  22nd September 2022
Captain David Thorp Deanery Missioner at Preston Emmanuel (moving from Ribbleton) 9th October 2022
Revd Kat Gregory-Witham Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) Burnley St Matthew with Holy Trinity 17th October 2022

Revd Jane Reynolds       

Mrs Rachel Fielding

Hospital Chaplain for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Hospitals 

Hospital Chaplain for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

10th October 2022
Revd Paul Davies Associate Vicar: Leyland St Andrew 3rd November
Revd Ben Marston Vicar of Darwen St Barnabas & Assistant Curate Hoddlesden St Paul 24th November
Revd Canon Andy Froud Rector of Foulridge, Laneshawbridge & Trawden 30th January 2023
Revd Linda Tomkinson

New role: Rector of Ribbeton


10th January 2023
Revd Mark Nelson Rector of Heysham St Peter with St James and St Andrew 5th February 2023
Revd Helen Scamman Vicar of Caton with Littledale St Paul (half time) 1 February 2023 
Revd Michelle Delves Associate Mission Priest: Colne St Bartholomew and Holy Trinity 15th January 2023
Revd Andrew Teather Vicar of St Stephen on the Cliffs, Blackpool 15th February 2023 
Revd James Lawrence Canon Missioner at Blackburn Catherdral 11th December 2022
Revd Andrew Holmes Rector of Burnley St Peter and St Stephen 20th February 2023
Revd Sarah Cliff Vicar of Sandylands St John the Divine 27th March 2023
Revd Craig Abbott Area Dean of Lancaster and Morecambe Deanery 29th January 2023
Revd Lucy Lunn Vicar of the Benefice of Hornby with Claughton and Whittington with Arkholme and Gressingham 6th March 2023
Revd Robert Legge Vicar of Blackpool St Mary's South Shore and Chaplain of St George's School, Blackpool 17th April 2023
Revd Gregor Stewart Rector of The Fellside Team 28th March 2023
Revd Peter Walsh Interim Priest of the Over Wyre Benefice 5th February 2023
Ruth Haldane Lay Chair of Whalley Deanery 5th January 2023


MOVES OUT OF THE DIOCESE (January 2022 onwards)

Name Current post(s) Move to Effective date
Rev Sharon Greensmith Vicar: Briercliffe St James Master: Lichfield St John in the Diocese of Lichfield 29th May 2022
Revd Martin Joss Vicar: Oswaldtwistle Priest-in-Charge: Peterborough St Mark 30th June 2022
Revd Olivia Haines Curate: Cockerham, Winmarleigh & Glasson Curate: Wrockwardine, Litchfield Diocese 17th July 2022
Revd Canon Jon Scamman Vicar of Lancaster St Thomas CEO of CPAS 30th September 2022
Revd Canon Rowena Pailing Cannon Missioner, Blackburn Cathedral Non clergy role 25th September 2022
Revd Kit Walker Curate: Padiham St Leonard & Hapton St Margaret RAF Commissioned Chaplain 23rd September 2022
Revd Dr Susan Salt Curate: Lancaster Priory Rector of Halsall, Lydiate and Downholland Saints Thomas and Cuthbert 14th February 2023
Revd Aiden James Alexander Edwards Interim Vicar of Burnley St Andrew with St Margaret and Burnley St James Priest-in-Charge (Incumbent Designate) of the beneficies of The Burgh Group and The Wainfleet Group in the Diocese of Lincoln 5th March 2023
Revd Duncan John Bell Associate Vicar of St Andrew's Leyland Associate to the Rector of All Saints Anglican Church in the Diocese of the Carolinas in the Anglican Church of North America 13th February 2023


RETIREMENTS (January 2022 onwards)

Name Current Post(s) Effective date
Revd Canon Andrew Sage Vicar: Blackpool St Stephen on the Cliffs 21st May 2022
Revd Canon Linda Macluskie Vicar: Sandylands St John the Divine 31st May 2022
Revd Stephen Cooper Team Rector: Fellside Team Ministry 31st July 2022
Revd Jane Greenhalgh Vicar: Freckleton Holy Trinity & Warton St Paul 16 August 2022
Revd Chris Casey Vicar: Holme in Cliviger St John the Divine with Worsthorne St John Evangelist 14th September 2022
Revd Andrew Evans Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Ashton on Ribble 30th September 2022
Revd Christine Morton Vicar (HfD) Treales Christ Church 10th October 2022
Revd Canon John Hall Vicar of Fleetwood St David & St Peter 31st October 2022
Revd Neil Salt Vicar of Grimsargh St Michael 31st January 2023
Revd Alan Hogarth Vicar of Heapey & Withnell 30th April 2023
Revd David Phillips Vicar of Chorley St James 5th January 2023
Revd James Robert Harry Crawford Associate Priest at Bispham All Hallows 31st January 2023
Revd Robin Figg Vicar of Warton St Oswald with Yealand Conyers St John 31st March 2023


RESIGNATIONS (January 2022 onwards)

Name Current Post(s) Effective Date
Revd Peter Hamborg

Vicar (1/2 time): Preston Emmanuel and

Vicar (1/2 time): Lea St Christopher

24th April 2022
Revd Chris Casey Area Dean of Burnley and 
Interim Area Dean of Pendle
5th May 2022
Revd Canon Martin Keighley Area Dean of Poulton 17th March 2022
Revd Claire Cooke Ordained Pioneer Minister: Lancaster St Paul Scotforth 30th April 2022
Revd Lindsay Pearson Vicar of Blackpool St Mary's 16th August 2022
Revd Paul Boulter Vicar of Caton with Littledale St Paul 21st August 2022 
Revd Canon Rowena Pailing Canon Missioner, Blackburn Cathedral 25th September 2022
The Rt Revd Philip North Residentiary Canon of Blackburn Cathedral 31st August 2022
Revd Canon Andy Froud Vicar of Clitheroe, Downham & Chatburn 29th January 2022
Revd Linda Tomkinson Priest in Charge of Freedom Church Mereside 9th January 2023
Revd Helen Scamman

Associate Vicar St Thomas' Lancaster

Area Dean of Lancaster & Morecambe

31st January 2023

15th November 2022 

Revd Jonathan Carmyllie Area Dean of Whalley 9th April 2023
Revd Marc Wolverson Area Dean of Leyland 9th April 2023



Name Deanery Effective date
The Ven Anne Dawtry Poulton November 2021
Revd Peter Walsh Kirkham November 2021
Revd Canon Alison Woodhouse Kirkham December 2021
Revd Frances Guite Burnley March 2022
Revd David Ward Chorley May 2022
Revd Edmund Straszak Chorley May 2022
Revd David Lyon Kirkham June 2022
Revd Barbara Wilson Leyland June 2022
Revd Canon Jon Scamman Lancaster September 2022
Revd Claire Cooke Lancaster September 2022
Revd Anton Muller Diocese wide September 2022
Revd Noel Colley Whalley November 2022
Revd Philip Maddock Blackpool November 2022
Revd Linda Macluskie Lancaster and Morecambe November 2022
Revd Alexandra Logan Lancaster and Morecambe November 2022
Revd Stephen Cooper Whalley December 2022


DEATHS (November 2022 onwards)

Name Current Post(s) Date
Revd Gregory Justin Mote PTO: Diocese of Blackburn 12th June 2022
Revd Canon Edward (Ted) Angus Retired Clergy 20th June 2022
Revd Eric Booth Retired Clergy 17th July 2022
Revd David Wotherspoon PTO: Blackburn Diocese 2th September 2022
Revd Canon Norman Dawson PTO: Blackburn Diocese 17th September 2022
Revd Terence Challis Retired Clergy 6th October 2022
Revd Ian Robins Retired Clergy 25th October 2022
Revd Andy James Shaw MBE Vicar of the Over Wyre Group of churches 7th November 2022
Revd John Martindale Bacon Retired Clergy October 2022
Revd Brian William Pierce Retired Clergy 18th November 2022
Revd Brian Barwell Retired Clergy Not Known
Revd Canon Norman Atty Reitred Clergy 12th January 2023

                          Clergy Discipline Measure - Penalty Announcement(s)

Revd John McGrath

If you require further details regarding any of these matters please contact the diocesan registrar: Lisa.Moncur@blackburn.anglican.org