New Archdeacon of Suffolk announced
The Revd Canon Dr Judy Hunt is to be the next Archdeacon of Suffolk. Judy comes to the county from her present role as Director of Mission and Ministry in Chester diocese.
A former vet, specialising in equine surgery and lecturer at Liverpool's Veterinary School, Judy was one of the first women to be ordained in Chester in 1994. "I was offered a role in an important research project in Newmarket, just as I was considering ordination," says Judy. "I was never able to tell them why I wasn't keen to work in Suffolk then, but I'm very pleased to be coming now."
Judy has spent her entire clergy ministry in Chester diocese. She was Priest in Charge in a two parish benefice which boasts a Grade 1 listed Norman church building, the oldest in the diocese. She has also held the posts of Deanery Adviser for children and young people, Adviser for Women in ministry and the Assistant Director of Ordinands. Judy became Director of Ministry in 2003 and the Mission portfolio was added three years later.
"I passionately believe in the call and the ability of each and every local church to be alive and attractive," says our new Archdeacon designate. "I want to be there to help ordinary parishes and their ministers make the most of who and where they are. Being 'ordinary' in terms of being approachable, being well-rooted and involved in the local community is a significant strength," says Judy.
"Judy is extremely able," says Bishop Nigel. "As a former vet she will have great empathy for the agricultural community. But she also has impressive strategic ability and an eye for detail. I am looking forward to welcoming her to Suffolk in the autumn.
Judy succeeds the Venerable Geoffrey Arrand who retires in August. Judy will be collated and installed as the new Archdeacon of Suffolk (the thirteenth female archdeacon in the Church of England) at services in October.