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Canon John Kiddle, is about to take up his new post as Archdeacon of Wandsworth, in early November.

He has been Director of Mission since 2008 but his life in the diocese goes back to 1991, when he became Vicar of St Luke’s Watford.

Through his work implementing Living God’s Love and helping parishes to get to grips with Mission Action Planning, he has become known to and loved by a great many people in the diocese. He has also been known for his keen eye for design and the brilliant artwork that has resulted for Living God’s Love, Lent and Advent Challenges and a range of other things that the Mission Department has produced.

John was born and brought up in Africa and remains interested in matters related to it, he enjoys walking and is a keen supporter of Watford Football Club.

Commenting on his appointment John Kiddle says: ‘It is a real privilege to be appointed Archdeacon of Wandsworth. A priority for me will be to listen and learn, my aim will be to use my role to support and develop local ministry and mission with creativity and prayer. I will be very sad to leave friends and colleagues in the Diocese of St Albans but thrilled to be joining the Diocese of Southwark at an exciting point in its journey.’

Bishop Alan said: ‘Canon John Kiddle has been a single-minded Director of Mission. His priority has been to innovate, encourage, support lead and nurture many people and many activities across the Diocese, all focused on Jesus Christ and the hope he offers to us and the whole world. As an Archdeacon, I am certain that John will bring the same passion and single mindedness to bear, to great effect. I and many others will miss him.’

Among a few small tokens presented to John by colleagues was a toy London Taxi, as used by the Archdecon in the TV series ‘Rev’. John’s own preferred method of personal transport in his new job will be a bicycle!

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Canon Sue Groom is to be the new Archdeacon of Wilts in the Diocese of Salisbury.

Currently completing a DThM (Doctor of Theology and Ministry) with Durham University, she will leave her two posts, as a parish priest in Henlow and Langford and as Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the diocese early next year.

Canon Sue said: “I am excited to be taking up this post with its emphasis on developing parish ministry. I look forward to getting to know the people and the churches of the Archdeaconry and supporting them in their desire to be flourishing communities of prayer, service and growth.”

Canon Sue has ministered in St Albans Diocese since 2009 and she was made an Honorary Canon in 2014. Her passion is to develop people and help them use their gifts in the service of the church. It was this aspect of the Archdeacon of Wilts’ role that particularly drew her to apply for the post.

The Bishop of Bedford greeted news of her appointment: “Canon Sue has contributed significantly to the life of the diocese in her time here and what she has given has been of the highest quality. She has brought great energy and skill to the growth of our work identifying vocations to ministry and training more curates at the same time as building up the life of two parishes. She will be missed, but goes with our prayers.”

With a degree in linguistics; an MPhil in Computer Speech and Language Processing; a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Education; a DipHE in Christian Life and Ministry; an MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation; and an MPhil for ‘Sources for the Investigation of Meaning in the Hebrew Bible’ she holds many qualifications which will support her new role.
Married to Phil, Sue swims five times a week and she and her husband spend a large proportion of what spare time they have on their narrowboat, for which they hope to find a mooring on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

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