Rev’d Canon Jenny Tomlinson appointed as Archdeacon of Birmingham 

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Above: Jenny in her new scarf and cope with the Bishop of Birmingham

The Rev’d Canon Jenny Tomlinson, from the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry, was appointed the Archdeacon of Birmingham by the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Rev’d David Urquhart, at a service in Birmingham Cathedral on Sunday 12th May 2019.

Jenny was formerly the priest at St James’, Sewards End, and Mission and Ministry Adviser for the Colchester Area of Chelmsford Diocese.

About 50 people from Saffron Walden and Chelmsford travelled to Birmingham, mainly by coach, to support Jenny.

The service comprised Choral Evensong and the Collation and Installation of Jenny as Archdeacon of Birmingham and an Honorary Canon of Birmingham Cathedral.

The Ven. Simon Heathfield, Archdeacon of Aston and the Ven. Annette Cooper, Archdeacon Emeritus of the Diocese of Chelmsford presented Jenny to the Bishop.

In her sermon, Jenny said that Jesus’ resurrection brought peace, evidence and understanding to his disciples. She emphasized the importance of treating people as a whole: body, mind and spirit. She ended with a prayer that God’s name would be exalted by the work of the Holy Spirit among us.

The Bishop then read the Deed of Collation and anointed and blessed Jenny in her new role. She was installed as an Honorary Canon by the Dean of Birmingham, the Very Rev’d Matt Thompson. Finally, she was robed with a Canon’s scarf and a cope by the Canon Missioner, Rev’d Canon Nigel Hand, and Canon Precentor, Rev’d Dr Josephine Houghton.
Above: Bishop of Birmingham, Jenny Tomlinson, David Tomlinson, daughter Becky Tomlinson and Jenny’s brother

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Jenny read history at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and worked in NHS management in Surrey. She trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and served her curacy in the parish of St John the Baptist, Busbridge, in Guildford Diocese. She was among the first women to be ordained priest in 1994.

Jenny moved to the Diocese of Chelmsford in 1998 and has held parish posts in Grays and the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry, and as an Interim Minister in the North Blackwater parishes. As a healthcare chaplain in South West Essex, she initiated a new model of community chaplaincy.

She was appointed the Bishop of Chelmsford’s Adviser on Women’s Ministry in 2008, and as Mission and Ministry Adviser in 2011. Jenny has been a member of General Synod since 2009 and was appointed an honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral in 2012.