Vicar of the United Benefice of Todmorden with Cornholme and Walsden

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We are looking for a vicar to come to join us in the Todmorden benefice to lead us forward in spiritual and numerical growth and in service and outreach to our communities. The market town of Todmorden, the largest of our three communities, is the home of “Incredible Edible” Our churches are set in a beautiful part of West Yorkshire, nestling in the foothills of the Pennines and within easy reach of Manchester, Leeds, Burnley and Blackburn. There is an excellent modern five bedroomed vicarage.

The Closing date is Tuesday 16th April at 12 noon

The Interviews will be held on Monday 13th May

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 on 01484 471803 or by email on

The new incumbent will be the first full time priest appointed since the formation of the new benefice so developing cross fertilisation, excellent communications and a culture of mutual support across the benefice will be important. He/she will be expected to:

  • Bring energy and leadership to our benefice helping us to grow both spiritually and numerically;
  • Be skilled in working collaboratively and in developing the talents of all God’s people for mission and service;
  • Be a visible presence in the life of the local community and together with the PCCs develop strategies for drawing those at the edges more deeply into the life of the church and into its worship
  • Support existing opportunities for outreach and seek to build new ones
  • Work collaboratively to develop strong links of working with children and families

Develop strategies for ensuring that good pastoral care is delivered across the benefice

Our new vicar will be:

  • Passionate about teaching and leading us so as to help us grow in faith
  • Strongly committed to faith, discipleship and growth
  • Experienced in working with young families and children
  • Committed to ministering to a diverse range of people
  • Able to challenge us to forge ever stronger links with the communities in which we live, work and pray
  • Approachable and non- judgemental

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

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About Us

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)

The benefice of Todmorden, Cornholme and Walsden lies in the 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.

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.