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New Temporary Archdeacon of York

The Revd Canon Sue Sheriff

Tuesday 11th December 2012

The Archbishop has asked the Revd Canon Sue Sheriff, vicar of Tadcaster with Newton Kyme and Priest-in-Charge of Kirk Fenton with Kirkby Wharfe and Ulleskelfe, to be temporary Archdeacon of York until a permanent appointment is made.

The previous Archdeacon of York, the Venerable Richard Seed, retired in October and the Diocese is currently advertising for a new Archdeacon.

The Revd Canon Sue Sheriff said, “I’m delighted to be serving the church as an Archdeacon.  Archdeacons work closely with churches to help with church buildings, finance and legal matters.  It is a vital role and the Diocese wanted someone to hold the reins until a permanent appointment is made, and that’s what I’ve agreed to do.  I’m looking forward to helping churches in the Archdeaconry of York, and working closely with priests and churchwardens.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said, “Sue is a wonderful parish priest, and she will bring her skills and years of experience to the role of Archdeacon.  The churches in the Archdeaconry will be in safe hands while we look for someone to fill the post permanently.”

Sue was born in Malta in 1963, and trained at Trinity Theological College in Bristol. Before becoming a priest, she worked as Secretary for the  International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, and for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Amsterdam.  Sue was ordained as a priest in 1994, and served in parishes in Hull until 2007, when she became vicar of Tadcaster. 

Sue is also a Member of General Synod, and a Canon of York Minster.  She is married to Gary, and they have three children: Steph, Patrick and Matthew.  

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