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Two new appointments announced

01 July 2014

Reverend Stephen Johnson and Reverend Adam Watson appointed to posts in the Diocese of Lincoln

The Bishop of Lincoln has announced two appointments in the Diocese.

Reverend Adam Watson has been appointed to the post of Vicar of the Benefice of Welton, Dunholme and Scothern. He is currently Assistant Curate of the Parish of the Resurrection Alton in the Diocese of Winchester. 

Adam was born in Dunfermline, and then spent his younger years in Plymouth, Oxford, Redditch and Reading before moving out to Amsterdam. Returning to the UK to study for a performing arts degree in Winchester, he met his wife Waka (who is Japanese) there in his final year. Apart from short stays in London and Tokyo, Winchester became home for them whilst Adam taught Drama and Performing Arts in the Southampton area.

He trained for ordination at St John's Nottingham before returning to serve his title post in the Winchester Diocese.

Adam said: "I am very excited to be moving up to the Lincoln Diocese and to join in ministry with the worshipping communities in Welton, Dunholme and Scothern. As a family we are looking forward to meeting you all."

Adam and Waka have two sons, Elias and Joah who are seven and five years old, and a daughter Naya who will be two in November.

On sunny days off and holidays, they can often be seen disappearing into the distance in their VW camper van!

The Bishop of Lincoln, will preside at the service of collation and installation on Monday, 28 July at St Mary's Church, Welton.


Reverend Stephen Johnson has been appointed to the post of Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Market Rasen, Linwood, Lissington & Legsby. He is currently Parish Community Chaplain in the Benefice of Louth.

Steve originates from Alsager, just north of Stoke on Trent. His background is in secondary education where he taught in Stoke on Trent and Crewe, before moving to Lincolnshire spending some 15 years in Senior Leadership including Headship. Steve went to selection conference in 2002 and studied on the Northern Ordination Course in Manchester. He was originally selected for stipendiary ministry but felt that God was calling him to remain in education for longer in his role of secondary headteacher and NSM Priest.

Before training for ministry, Steve was involved in music ministry and pastoral work in his parish. Ordained deacon in Lichfield Cathedral and ordained Priest in Stoke Minster in 2006, he spent the first six years of ordained ministry working as a non-stipendiary minister in North Staffordshire. He served his curacy at St Luke's, Silverdale and St John the Baptist, Keele.

He came to Lincolnshire as a secondary headteacher and moved to stipendiary ministry in January 2013. He retains his interest in education, being a member of the Board of Education in the Diocese of Lincoln, whilst supporting the diocese in the field of school effectiveness.

Steve said: "I am looking forward to getting to know the people in the parishes, and discovering together God's call."

Steve and his wife Liz, have three teenage children, Thomas, Andrew and Hannah

The Bishop of Lincoln will preside at the service of licensing and installation on 9 September at St Thomas the Apostle, Market Rasen.