Team Vicar, North Cheltenham Team Ministry

We are looking for a mission-minded traditional catholic priest who desires to be inspired and challenged to join this diverse and dynamic team. With a new Team Rector, and a newly-shaped diocesan vision this is an exciting opportunity to share in growing the mission of this benefice and diocese.


The benefice, formed of four parishes and five churches, serves a population of 21,000 and ranges in tradition from traditional catholic to broad centre. In addition to the Team Rector there are two Team Vicars, a Team Deacon, Readers, administrator and committed lay leaders. Within the team the Bishop of Gloucester has entrusted pastoral and sacramental oversight of All Saints parish to the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.  


Bishop Jonathan writes:


"Bishop Rachel and I are looking for mission-minded and experienced traditional catholic priests to apply for this potentially very rewarding assignment.  


Yours would be a ministry focused largely in the community at the stunningly beautiful All Saint’s Pittville, in the heart of Cheltenham (of which I have oversight under the House of Bishops’ Declaration);  and also on the many mission and ministry opportunities across North Cheltenham in partnership with the other clergy of the four-parish Team.   


The benefice is very nearly the CofE in microcosm - diverse in its various parochial histories, serving communities in rural, urban, residential and commercial areas.   Having just appointed a new Team Rector the whole team is looking forward to this appointment, and a future together where the catholic tradition is very much welcomed.


If you are interested and want to discuss any aspect of the profile, please ring my office on 0118 948 1038.


+ Jonathan Ebbsfleet


Application forms and information on the post can be downloaded from the Diocese of Gloucester's website:


Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 21 February

Interviews: Monday 13 March


Completed application forms should be sent to Kay Mundy, Secretary to the Archdeacon of Cheltenham at







North Cheltenham Team Ministry Profile

Rector, St John the Baptist, Coventry

St John the Baptist, Coventry, is rich in its history and Anglo-Catholic tradition and is wishing to be forward looking and wants to inspire the next generation of 20s-30s, who form 60% of the parish residential population.


Bishop Jonathan writes:

"When you hear the name Fleet Street, and the church that miraculously survived the Blitz, you’ll think first of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. But the same is true, perhaps even more inspiringly, of a church twice St Paul’s age – St John’s in the centre of Coventry, which has survived much over the centuries, and now stands we hope, by God’s grace, on the brink of a new and exciting chapter of its long witness to the catholic traditions of Christian faith and teaching, and distinctive catholic approaches to worship, to pastoral care and to service in the surrounding community.

It is a witness that the Bishop and the Diocese alike want to embrace, to see flourish and to invest in as part of the shared life of the Diocese; and it’s a witness that unites its congregation. So, for the right priest, the one whom God is calling (perhaps that’s you), who has energy and commitment to communicate the catholic traditions of the Church, and vision for ministry in particular to younger generations, this will be a very challenging and rewarding ministry, reaching into St John’s own youthful parish community, and out to the city’s many workers and visitors.

I am delighted to have been entrusted recently by Bishop Christopher with the oversight of this parish and a share in this future, and look forward to working alongside him, and the new parish priest and the worshipping community, to make St John’s a place where people’s encounter with Jesus Christ among his people is real and life-changing for many. If perhaps God is calling you to be that new parish priest, we look forward to hearing from you."


+ Jonathan Ebbsfleet


For further information, please contact the Area Dean, the Reverend Alison Evans ( or 024 7659 1994).


Application forms, the natural church development parish survey and information on the Acceler8 project can be downloaded from the Diocese of Coventry's website - or by contacting Stasi Kelly (


Closing date: noon, Friday 17 February 2017

Visit and interviews: Sunday (evening) 5 and Monday 6 March 2017

St John the Baptist Coventry Parish Profile


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