The Bishop of Birmingham announced today that Canon Faith Claringbull is stepping down after nearly 13 years as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Dean of Women’s Ministry.
She and her husband Keith will leave Birmingham in September and move to Stoke-on-Trent where they will be exploring new possibilities for ministry alongside some work already begun among asylum seekers and refugees.
Faith said, “I’ve accompanied many people on their journeys of vocational discernment over the years and, after careful thought and prayer, it feels the right time to give myself space to discover what God is calling me to next. It has been an enormous privilege to hear stories of the great things that God is doing in the lives of so many women and men, and to help release their gifts for ministry, and I continue to be excited about what God has in store.”
Bishop David said, “Faith has been a valuable and committed colleague who has worked hard to encourage vocations and support those seeking to discern where God is calling. Her departure will be felt keenly by all of us in the Church of England - Birmingham, not least by those candidates who have benefited from her excellent care, many of them from initial contact all the way through to ordination and their subsequent curacy.
Faith has also worked tirelessly as Dean of Women’s Ministry, locally and nationally and I know that a great many clergy across the Diocese, both men and women, will miss her persistent witness, cheerful presence and pastoral concern.
I am enormously grateful to Faith for her ministry over these 13 years and wish her and Keith every blessing as this next chapter unfolds.”
Faith’s move is being announced in good time to ensure that all those in her care are provided for, and to give an early opportunity to appoint a suitable successor.
Everyone is warmly invited to attend Evensong at the Cathedral on Friday 15 September, 5:45pm, at which we will say farewell to Faith and thank her for her ministry amongst us over many years.