All enquiries concerning the parishes listed below should be directed to the Bishop of Ebbsfleet's Office unless otherwise indicated. 
All appointments are of a parish priest unless otherwise stated. Details of the terms of the appointment are usually available with the parish details.

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