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Archdeacon appointed Canon Steward of Westminster Abbey

23 May 2014

The Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey, the Venerable Jane Sinclair, to move to Westminster Abbey

The Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey, the Venerable Jane Sinclair, has been appointed Canon Steward of Westminster Abbey.

The Canon Steward is responsible for the Abbey’s welcome to visitors, as well as playing a full part in the ministry, mission and governance of the ancient foundation.

Jane Sinclair has been Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey in the Diocese of Lincoln since 2007. Previously, she held posts at Rotherham Minster, Sheffield Cathedral and was a lecturer at St John’s College, Nottingham. In the Diocese of Lincoln, Jane has held particular responsibility for the development of ministry.

“It will be quite a change moving from the edge of a Lincolnshire market town to the heart of Westminster, close by Parliament and the headquarters of the Church of England,” said Jane.

“I've greatly enjoyed my ministry in the Diocese of Lincoln, and working with committed and faithful Christians in parishes and in the administration and leadership of the Diocese. Naturally, I’m very excited about beginning a new ministry in Westminster, but the move will be tinged with sadness at what I will be leaving behind.”

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: “I know both Westminster Abbey and Jane Sinclair very well, and I am certain that each will complement the other superbly.

“It has been my privilege to count Jane among my close colleagues and friends for the last two-and-a-half years. During that time I have come to know her as a person of great warmth, wisdom, integrity and spiritual depth, profound qualities that have supported the Diocese of Lincoln hugely during her tenure as Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey, and will support the ministry of Westminster Abbey well as Jane takes up the post of Canon Steward.

“While I am sorry to be losing such a good colleague, Jane is joining our registrar, Caroline Mockford in moving to a senior post elsewhere in the church. I am pleased that our Diocese is a good place to develop skills and knowledge which are being called upon to further the mission of the wider church.”

A service of farewell for Jane Sinclair will be held in Lincoln Cathedral on Thursday 26 June at 5.30pm.