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Archdeacon of Lincoln
The Ven. Gavin Kirk

Gavin spent much of his early childhood in Lincolnshire, and was educated here before attending the University of Durham, and then training for ordained ministry at Chichester Theological College. He holds a Master’s degree from Heythrop College, London. After ordination, Gavin served in the dioceses of Chichester, Rochester and Portsmouth before becoming Precentor of Lincoln.

The Archdeacon of Lincoln has particular responsibility for clergy recruitment, discipline and certain legal functions related to parishes in the Archdeaconry of Lincoln.


Archdeacon of Boston

The Ven. Dr Justine Allain Chapman

Justine Allain Chapman comes to the Diocese of Lincoln from the South East Institute for Theological Education, where she was Vice Principal and Director of Practical Theology.

Having been a Head of Religious Studies in a North London Secondary School, Justine trained for ordination at Lincoln Theological College and then ministered for ten years in the Diocese of Southwark as a Curate and as a Vicar.

Speaking of her appointment, Justine said: "I am delighted to be taking up this new role as archdeacon and with a focus on developing our Christian discipleship across the whole diocese. 

"Enabling deeper discipleship has been a passion of mine as a parish priest and as a teacher preparing people for ministry, ordained and lay, and so to come to the Diocese of Lincoln in this new phase of its life is a challenging and exciting prospect."

Justine's own particular research has been in how people can be strengthened as human beings and as Christians through the experience of adversity. She has written a book about this called Resilient Pastors: The Role of Adversity in Healing and Growth, which was published in 2012.

Justine and her husband Thomas will be returning to an area they have lived in as students and which their four children have often come to visit their grandparents. Justine enjoys swimming, yoga and cooking for family and friends. A member of a book group, she particularly enjoys reading detective fiction reportedly because - unlike life and ministry - all the loose ends get tied up.


Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey

The Ven. Mark Steadman

Prior to taking up his post as Archdeacon, Mark was chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark.

Mark trained for the ordained ministry at Westcott House in Cambridge, which included a period of study at the Venerable English College in Rome. He was ordained in 2002 and appointed Priest-in-Charge of St Philip's, Camberwell in 2005 following a curacy in the Diocese of Portsmouth. He was subsequently Area Dean of Bermondsey and acting Area Dean of Camberwell before moving to be bishop's chaplain in 2011.

Prior to ordination, Mark was called to the Bar and worked for a firm of solicitors specialising in Ecclesiastical Law.