Next Archdeacon of St Albans Announced
2nd December 2019
Hitchin Vicar, Rev’d Canon Dr Jane Mainwaring, will leave St Mark’s Church, Hitchin, after 16 years to become the Archdeacon of St Albans, one of three archdeacons in St Albans Diocese.
Jane will fulfil the role popularly and traditionally known as being “the eyes and ears of the Bishop.” She will be responsible to the Bishop of St Albans and the Bishop of Hertford as the Chief Officer for roughly 100 parishes, mostly in the west of Hertfordshire, from Tring in the west to Wheathampstead in the east and from Stotfold, Bedfordshire in the north to Watford in the South. St Albans Diocese covers Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and part of Barnet. Through her work as Rural Dean, Jane is familiar with the parishes and schools in a wider area beyond her parish.
Speaking on her appointment, Jane said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed being Rural Dean of Hitchin over these last four years and am looking forward to now working with, and supporting the other 6 deaneries in the Archdeaconry. St Albans Archdeaconry is a great and diverse place to minister and I’m excited at the prospect of building new relationships with the clergy, lay leaders and Churchwardens of the Archdeaconry as I work out how I can best support the work of our parishes, chaplaincies and Bishops Mission Orders. Although I will miss being part of a regular church family and community, I look forward to engaging with many more church families and communities in new and varied ways.”
The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, commented: “Jane has a wealth of experience from her years of parish work and from being a very effective Rural Dean of Hitchin. She is deeply aware of the challenges facing parishes as they seek to pursue our vision to Live God’s Love, loving and serving our communities.”
Jane is married to James, a professional musician working mainly in the West End of London. They have two children, now secondary school age. Jane enjoys swimming in her spare time: “most days-off start with a swim,” she says.
Jane will take up her post in the New Year following the retirement of the Venerable Jonathan Smith.