Interim Priest in Charge St John Birkby and Christ Church Woodhouse

Posted 3 months agoExpires in 23 hours

These two churches situated in a multi-cultural part of Huddersfield with a growing student population, are looking for an enthusiastic and committed priest-in-charge, who will provide us with leadership and help us both to grow our congregations and to reach out in love and service to the communities which we serve.

The closing date for this post is 2nd April 2020

Interviews will be held on 27th April 2020

If you require further information or would like a conversation about this post please do not hesitate to contact The Ven Dr Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax by email on

St John Birkby and Christ Church Woodhouse are neighbouring multi-cultural communities on the edge of the University town of Huddersfield. We are looking for a new priest who will help our two communities to better reach out into their communities in particular to children, families and the growing student population. This is an interim post initially for three years but extendable for a further three for the right candidate.

We are looking for a priest to lead and inspire us in our outreach:

  • To be a visible presence within the local communities of Birkby and Woodhouse
  • To help both congregations to grow in numbers, faith and spirituality
  • To engage with the local schools and to seek opportunities for working with children and families
  • To seek opportunities for reaching out to the growing number of students moving into the area
  • To envision the congregations as they seek to further repair and reorder their church buildings for greater community use

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Someone who has a strong personal faith and can encourage and inspire others to deepen their faith
  • Committed to helping us to reach out to children, families and students
  • A person of vision who can inspire us to seek and develop our church buildings better for increased community use
  • Someone with a positive attitude and a good sense of humour.

The Anglican Diocese of Leeds comprises five episcopal areas, each coterminous with an archdeaconry. This is now one of the largest Dioceses in the country and its creation in 2014 is unprecedented in the history of the Church of England. It covers an area of around 2,425 square miles with a population of around 2,642,400 people. The Diocese comprises major cities (Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield) large industrial and post-industrial towns (Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury), market towns (Todmorden, Harrogate, Skipton, Richmond, Ripon and Wetherby) and deeply rural areas especially in the Dales. The whole of life is here, along with all the richness, diversity and complexities of a changing world.


Five area bishops (Bradford, Huddersfield, Kirkstall, Ripon and Wakefield) and five archdeacons (Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract, Richmond and Craven) assist the Diocesan Bishop (The Rt. Revd Nicholas Baines)


These two churches lie in the Huddersfield Deanery of the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, in the Archdeaconry of Halifax. The Bishop of Huddersfield is The Rt. Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs and the Archdeacon of Halifax is The Venerable Dr Anne Dawtry.


Our vision as a Diocese is about confident clergy equipping confident Christians to live and tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. For all our appointments we are seeking clergy who have a joyful and confident faith and with a commitment to church growth both numerical and spiritual.