Archdeacon of Lincoln to become Dean of Guernsey

Archdeacon of Lincoln, the Ven Tim Barker EMN-150828-233923001
Archdeacon of Lincoln, the Ven Tim Barker EMN-150828-233923001

After 17 years in Lincolnshire, The Archdeacon of Lincoln, the Ven Tim Barker, will leave the Diocese to take up his role as Dean of Guernsey and Rector of St André de la Pommaraye.

Tim and his 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 appointed Archdeacon of Lincoln in 2009.

At one point or other during his time in the Diocese of Lincoln, he 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, he will be the senior clergyman in the bailiwick, which includes Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. He will have a wide range of prominent clerical, ceremonial, civic and legal duties.

“I’m excited by the new opportunities in Guernsey,” said Tim.

“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.

“I will pray for God’s continued blessings on the life and work of our parishes.”

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, said: “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.”