Incumbent Over St Chad

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Estates and Suburban Ministry in Winsford

We are seeking a mission-minded incumbent for this parish of central tradition in Winsford, with a population of 11,000. St Chad’s is a striking medieval church, serving a mixed community of suburban and social housing with a rural hinterland. There is a good, modern vicarage.

We are looking for a prayerful person who will:

  • Nurture and support us and the wider community to deepen our faith in God
  • Reach out to and increase our involvement with all sections of our community
  • Communicate the faith clearly and creatively
  • Support teamwork and improve communication
  • Encourage existing members of the church to use their gifts and talents more widely
  • Encourage members of the congregation in their Christian discipleship in everyday life, Monday to Saturday and not just on a Sunday
  • Maintain our tradition of liturgy, music and worship and embrace opportunities for growth
  • Encourage and support the growth of relationships between St Chad’s Church and the schools in the parish, including our church primary school, with which there is a close partnership

We would welcome applications from both female and male candidates.

Closing date for applications: 23 January 2022

Interviews: 10 February 2022

Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:

The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester

T: 01928 718834 ext 253 M: 07921 040154


Applications should by preference be made to the Archdeacon of Chester USING THE DIOCESAN APPLICATION FORM available on the website Diocese of Chester | Incumbent for Over St Chad ( and should be submitted via this email address

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The Diocesan Bishop is Mark Tanner, Bishop of Birkenhead Julie Conalty and the Bishop of Stockport is Samuel Corley.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.