REVD Canon Robert Jones has been announced by the Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge as the next Archdeacon of Worcester.

Robert has been a priest in the Diocese of Worcester since he was ordained in 1980 and is currently director of development.

He will be well-known throughout the Diocese, having served as vicar of St Francis in Dudley for eight years and then as Rector of St Barnabas with Christ Church in Worcester for fourteen years.

He was also Rural Dean of Worcester East, is a Canon of Worcester Cathedral and served as one of the diocesan representatives on General Synod, the church’s governing body, for ten years.

Bishop John said: “Robert’s appointment was made with the unanimous recommendation of the advisory group set up to find the next Archdeacon of Worcester.

"He is a very gifted a well-loved priest who is very mission-minded and fulfils all the criteria of the role."

Robert said: “I am very much looking forward to this new role within the diocese.

"It’ll be great to get more involved in these at a local level, and be able to provide support and encouragement across the parishes of the Worcester Archdeaconry.”

He will be installed as the next Archdeacon of Worcester during Evensong at the Cathedral on Sunday, November 16 at 4pm.