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New Archdeacon

A new Archdeacon of Berkshire has been appointed.  She is The Revd Canon Olivia Graham who is currently Parish Development Adviser for the Oxford Archdeaconry.


We interviewed some very strong candidates for this post, but Olivia demonstrated clearly that she has precisely the skills and attributes we are looking for in the next Archdeacon of Berkshire.


Her role as PDA for the Dorchester Area has given her a unique insight into Church growth and mission action planning, both at parish and deanery level.


She is clearly animated by a living faith, by her love of people and a desire to see transformation in people and parishes.  She is an insightful priest with a great track record of getting things done.


I am hugely grateful to Norman Russell for the work he has done to resource ministry and mission in Berkshire and I am confident that Olivia will prove to be a worthy successor.  I am delighted that she will be working with us to resource the growth of God’s kingdom in Berkshire.


Olivia said:  “I am truly delighted to have been invited to be the next Archdeacon of Berkshire.  I am hugely looking forward to joining Bishop John’s staff team and to working with Bishop Andrew and Catherine Morris in the Area Team to serve the people and churches of Berkshire.”


Before taking up her current role, which she has held since 2007, Olivia was Team Vicar of Burnham with Dropmore, Hitcham and Taplow.  She has also served as a curate in Wheatley and Risborough.

Bishop Andrew