Interim Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall

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Hebden Bridge

The United Benefice is looking for a new priest in charge to build on our achievements so far and to lead us in the next phase of our development. We are particularly committed to working together with the new priest in the field of mission and growth.

The closing date for this post is Monday 3rd June 2019 at 12 noon

Interviews will be held on Monday 1st July 2019

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

This is an interim post initially for three years renewable for a further three years. The new priest will have support from other local clergy in nearby parishes in the middle of the Calder Valley with whom it is intended to create an informal missional cluster.

We are seeking a person who can help us:

  • To step out into a new phase of our church life
  • To engage better with our diverse communities
  • To engage creatively and imaginatively with children and families to bring them into the church
  • To grow and sustain a range of lay ministries to better serve our communities
  • To explore more of our Christian faith and grow in our discipleship so we are better able to serve our parishes and communities
  • To develop and strengthen our links with local schools

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Creative and imaginative in drawing new people of all ages into the worship of our churches
  • A spiritual leader who is committed to the community and to our ecumenical partners and who will be a visible presence in our benefice.
  • A dynamic leader who will take us through the LYCiG process and help us to develop generational change in our churches.
  • Comfortable with living and working in a very diverse community.
  • Someone who understands and can engage with alternative spiritualties

A people person with a pastoral heart

For more information about this application process, please use this link

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 Heben Bridge and Heptonstall 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.