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New Archdeacon Pastor appointed
23/10/17

The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, is pleased to announce that the Reverend Canon Sue Field has been appointed as Archdeacon Pastor in the Diocese of Coventry.

The position of Archdeacon Pastor became vacant in August following the retirement of the Venerable John Green. As an interim arrangement, the Reverend Clive Hogger has been serving as Acting Archdeacon Pastor and will continue to do so until Sue takes up her role in March 2018.

As Archdeacon Pastor, Sue will play a key part in the leadership of the Diocese. The Archdeacon Pastor is a member of the Bishop’s Core Staff Team, contributes to development and implementation of diocesan strategy and works in close collaboration with the Bishop of Warwick to develop a culture in which clergy experience good care and where their well-being is nourished.

Bishop Christopher said, "It’s really good news that someone of Canon Sue Field’s wide experience and great gifts will be joining us in the Diocese of Coventry as our Archdeacon Pastor. Sue will come to us in our Centenary Year, which will be another reason to celebrate all that God has given to us over the years, and another encouragement to commit ourselves to serve – in Christ’s name – the people of Coventry and Warwickshire in all the years ahead. I very much look forward to introducing Sue to the Diocese and working with her."

Sue said, "I am looking forward very much to taking up my new role in the Diocese of Coventry. I am excited by the whole diocese strategy for mission in the Diocese and hope that I can contribute to this. I have a particular passion to enable every Christian to discover their vocation for God and look forward very much to working with everyone in the Diocese as we seek to worship God together, make new disciples and join in God’s work of transforming communities."

Biography

Sue was born and brought up in Birmingham and attended St Philip and St James Church, Hodge Hill.  She was educated at King Edward VI High School for Girls and went from there to the University of York to study Mathematics, followed by a PGCE at the University of Birmingham. She taught Mathematics and Music at The Queensbridge School in Birmingham for three years during which time she explored a call to full time ministry. She trained at The Queen’s College in Birmingham and was among the first cohort of women to be ordained Deacon in 1987.

She served her curacy in the parishes of Coleshill and Maxstoke and, from there, moved to the Diocese of Leicester where she was appointed to the Chaplaincy of Loughborough University and Colleges. During this time she also took on the role of Director of Post Ordination Training and Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry and was in the first cohort of women to be ordained priest in 1994. She completed a Master’s degree in Applied Theology through the University of Oxford in 1998. She continued in her two Diocesan roles when she left the Chaplaincy and became Team Vicar in the parish of Emmanuel, Loughborough and St Mary in Charnwood, Nanpantan and then Vicar of St Mary in Charnwood. She was also Chair of the local Churches Together in Loughborough and Chair of the local Christian Aid Committee.

In 2004, Sue became Director of Ordinands, a post which she holds alongside her parish role and she was appointed as an Honorary Canon the same year. She became a Bishop’s Selection Advisor in 2001 and has been a member of the Bishop’s Senior Staff since 2014. She has also been the Vice President of the College of Canons at Leicester Cathedral since 2013. Sue has recently completed seven months as Acting Archdeacon of Loughborough during a vacancy.

On 23rd October 2017, it was announced that Sue has been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as Queen’s Chaplain.  This is an honorary position which is undertaken alongside existing diocesan roles.

Sue’s mother, siblings and their families live in Sheffield and she tries to see them as often as possible. She is a keen musician who currently does more listening than playing but she loves playing the piano and has recently been part of two small chamber choirs. She also enjoys walking and has completed some of the long-distance trails in Britain.
 

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