Seventh new Area Dean announced

First published on: 14th May 2021

Further to the announcement earlier this year of the appointment of full-time Area Deans to help Manchester Diocese achieve its vision for 2030, we are delighted to announce the name of the seventh Area Dean.

Revd Nick Watson, currently Team Rector of Wednesfield Team Ministry (Lichfield Diocese) and Rural Dean of Wulfrun, has been appointed Area Dean for Manchester South and Stretford.

All seven Area Deans will be licensed by Bishop David at Manchester Cathedral on Sunday 6 June at 5.30pm. Please pray for them as they begin their new ministry in the diocese.

Our seven new Area Deans are:

Bolton Deanery - Revd Simon Cook
Currently Assistant Archdeacon of Bolton, Area Dean of Bury and Incumbent of Kirklees Valley (Manchester Diocese)

Bury and Rossendale Deanery - Revd Canon Dr Rachel Mann
Currently Area Dean of Withington, Incumbent of St Nicholas Burnage and Curate of St Chad Ladybarn (Manchester Diocese)

Manchester North and East Deanery - Revd Helen Scanlan
Currently Assistant Archdeacon of Manchester, Area Dean of Heaton and Team Vicar in the Heatons Benefice (Manchester Diocese)

Manchester South and Stretford – Revd Nick Watson
Currently Team Rector of Wednesfield Team Ministry (Lichfield Diocese) and Rural Dean of Wulfrun

Oldham and Ashton Deanery - Revd Daniel Ramble
Currently Vicar of St James Hill (Birmingham Diocese)

Rochdale Deanery - Revd Canon Karen Smeeton
Currently Assistant Archdeacon of Rochdale, Area Dean of Rochdale and Incumbent of St Clement Spotland and St. George Oakenrod (Manchester Diocese)

Salford and Leigh Deanery - Revd Colin Pearson
Currently Area Dean of Peak Deanery and Priest-in-Charge of St Thomas Becket, Chapel-en-le-Frith (Derby Diocese)

The Area Deans will work closely with Lay Chairs and other ordained and lay leaders in each deanery, to lead the delivery of the diocese’s transformation programme at local level. They represent the breadth of traditions and spirituality in the Church of England.

More details are available here.




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