Priest-in-Charge of St Paul, King Cross and St Anne, Southowram

Posted 27 days agoExpires in 12 days
Halifax West Yorkshire
Office Holder

These two independent parishes are situated approximately four miles apart within the town of Halifax in West Yorkshire. St Anne-in-the-Grove, Southowram is situated within a rural village just outside the town whilst St Paul, King Cross is within a multi-cultural area of Halifax with significant local deprivation. The parishes are within easy reach of the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield and the larger towns of Dewsbury, and Huddersfield. There are excellent links further afield via the M62/M1 motorways. The vicarage is a modern purpose-built vicarage situated next door to St Paul’s King Cross.

We are looking for a new priest in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Both parishes have requested extended episcopal oversight. Ideally the successful candidate will be a member of the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda. We are looking for a priest who will help us grow our congregations, reach out to children and families and develop our links with the local communities which we serve. He would be expected to divide his time equally between the two parishes.

The closing date for this post is 28th June 2021

The Interview Date will be advised.

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

Our new priest will be expected to:

  • Work with our two parishes to grow our congregations numerically
  • Continue to develop the faith, worship and discipleship of our two congregations, one urban and one rural
  • Find new ways of attracting young people and families into the church and engage with our local schools and uniformed organisations
  • Generate new ideas for mission and outreach within our communities reaching out especially to those who are isolated and marginalised
  • Spot potential for lay development within our churches in line with the Diocesan Vision and Strategy and support and encourage those who might offer themselves for a variety of ministries ordained and lay
  • Show strong leadership in spiritual and theological matters whilst at the same time being able to empathise with those who think differently to themselves
  • Be committed to developing pastoral care so that those who are sick and housebound feel included in the life of the Church.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A person of prayer, who is aware of their own spirituality and has their own prayer life
  • A skilled communicator with an ability to connect with people of all ages
  • A people person who is willing to be a visible presence in our communities
  • A pastoral leader who will love and care for our communities both now and in the years ahead

Please see the Person Specification attached for further details of the essential and desirable qualities we are seeking in relation to this post.

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, Richmond and Craven and Wakefield. assist the Diocesan Bishop (The Rt. Revd Nicholas Baines)

These two parishes lie in the Halifax and Calder Valley 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.

Extended episcopal oversight is offered to these parishes by The Rt. Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield.

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.