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New Interim Archdeacon of Lincoln

27 November 2015

The Bishop of Lincoln is pleased to announce that The Venerable Geoffrey Arrand has accepted an invitation to serve as interim Archdeacon of Lincoln until the appointment of a successor to The Venerable Tim Barker.

Geoff was brought up at Belton in the Isle of Axholme and educated at Scunthorpe Grammar School. He read theology at Kings College London, was ordained deacon in 1967 and priest in 1968, serving a first curacy at Washington New Town in the Diocese of Durham.

Geoff returned to Lincolnshire in 1970 and served in the South Ormsby Group for three years before moving to be Team Vicar at St Marks in the Great Grimsby Team. In 1979 he moved to Suffolk to be Team Rector of the Halesworth Team Ministry, and in 1985 he went to Hadleigh as Rector, also serving as Dean of the Peculiar of Bocking and as Rural Dean.

In 1994 Geoff became the Archdeacon of Suffolk, remaining in this post until his retirement in 2009 when he moved to Saxilby. In his ministry Geoff obtained experience in the training of curates, both stipendiary and self-supporting ministry; he served as a pastoral selector and then chairman of bishops’ selection for ministry conferences; and for six years he was a non-executive director of Ipswich Hospital Trust and was involved for many years with the Order of St John in Suffolk (St John Ambulance).

Since coming to Lincoln, Geoff has been chairman of the Retired Clergy Support Group and spent many months acting as locum priest in the Diocese of Europe. His principal recreation is golf (he is vice-captain of the seniors section at Lincoln Golf Club, Torksey). Geoff is married to Margaret, who is a willing support and who sings in local choirs (Foss Ladies, Lincoln Singers and Lincoln Choral).

Geoff will be working approximately two days a week, with the days to vary so as to try to accommodate both other people's diaries and his own commitments. At the present time Geoff may be contacted via the Archdeacons' Office.