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archdeaconsNew Archdeacons appointed in Norfolk 

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, has announced the appointment of two new Archdeacons of Norwich and Lynn. 

The Revd Canon Keith James will be the next Archdeacon of Norwich and the Revd Canon Catherine Dobson has been appointed the Archdeacon of Lynn. Both Keith and Catherine will be collated and installed at 3.30pm on Saturday 1 October in Norwich Cathedral. All are welcome to attend the service. 

About Revd Canon Keith James 

Keith was born in New Zealand and his childhood was spent in the North West of England. 

He studied at Leeds University, and has served in Lincoln and Worcester dioceses in parish ministry in rural and urban settings. 

He moved to Norwich in 2015 to be the Continuing Ministerial Development officer for the diocese and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral 

In 2020, his Diocesan role changed to become Director of Ministry and in March 2022 he became Interim Archdeacon of Norwich in addition to being Director of Ministry. 

He is married to Linda; a special needs teacher and they have three adult children. Keith enjoys tea, travel and live sport – especially following the England cricket team and the mighty Burnley Football Club. 

Keith says: “It is a real privilege to be appointed Archdeacon of Norwich, and to do this together with supporting Ministerial Development. I have valued and enjoyed being part of the Cathedral Chapter and community and am grateful for all that I have received during my time as a Residentiary Canon. 

Since moving here seven years ago, I’ve become aware of the great things that are being done in parishes across the city of Norwich and the Diocese and am excited at what lies ahead. There are, of course, also challenges – for our communities and for the church – but it will be a privilege and joy to serve with people as we prayerfully share God’s love and hope with our neighbours.” 

Revd Keith succeeds Karen Hutchinson who served as Archdeacon of Norwich since 2016. 

About Revd Canon Catherine Dobson 

Catherine was born and grew up in Norfolk and went to school in Norwich. She trained on the Eastern Region Ministry Course, and was ordained as a Deacon at Peterborough Cathedral in 2009 and as a Priest in 2010. 

Catherine served her curacies in the benefice of Broughton, a group of four rural parishes near Kettering, and then in the market town of Rothwell and surrounding villages. 

Catherine returned to Norfolk in 2014 where she has served as the Rector to the Coastal Group for the last eight years. She became Rural Dean and a member of the College of Canons in 2019, and Chapter Canon at Norwich Cathedral in 2020. 
She is married to Steve, and they have two children in their twenties. 

Catherine enjoys walking, especially by the sea. She also plays the piano, but not when anyone is listening! 

Catherine says: “I am delighted to be appointed as the next Archdeacon of Lynn. I am passionate about supporting the people of God in every parish, living out their faith with confidence and joy. I believe that our churches have a vital part to play in the flourishing of rural communities, and my home county of Norfolk holds a special place in my heart. 

“I am hugely grateful to the people of the Coastal Group and the wider deanery, with whom I have been privileged to journey over these last eight years. 

I look forward to working closely with Bishop Graham, Bishop Jane and the wider senior staff team in this new exciting role.” 

Revd Catherine Dobson succeeds Ian Bentley who served as Archdeacon of Lynn since 2018.  

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