Jenny Tomlinson announced as new Archdeacon of Birmingham
10 February 2019 by Joel Wilson

Jenny Tomlinson announced as new Archdeacon of Birmingham

The Bishop of Birmingham is excited to announce the appointment of a new Archdeacon of Birmingham. ReverendCanon Jenny Tomlinson, currently Mission and Ministry Adviser for the Colchester Episcopal Area, will take up the post from May 2019.

Bishop David says, "I am elated that Canon Jenny Tomlinson is to be the next Archdeacon of Birmingham. She joins us in Church of England Birmingham at an exciting time of development as we seek to grow churches at the heart of every community. Jenny’s experience of Parish Development will be particularly relevant as she takes up her new role.”

Jenny says, “I am delighted to have been appointed and am looking forward very much to moving to this vibrant city and meeting people in the Archdeaconry.

I am excited by the vision and boldness of the diocesan strategy, and the framework it offers for us to work together in God's mission and ministry. My initial priority will be to get to know lay and ordained colleagues and to explore a new area of the country. I’m also pleased to be near the NEC so that I can pop into Gardener’s World Live this summer!”

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. She is married to David, who is also ordained. They have two adult daughters.

Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell says, “The Diocese of Birmingham is getting someone of great faithfulness, ability, and generosity of spirit. Jenny has served us with tremendous wisdom, grace and perseverance. We will miss her hugely, but I am delighted that her gifts and experience will be used for the building of the kingdom in the Diocese of Birmingham.”

Please join Bishop David and Bishop Stephen in praying for Jenny as she takes on this new responsibility.

Any enquiries about the Archdeaconry can be directed to Jenny Harris, Archdeacons’ Support Officer on 0121 426 0437 or via