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General Synod

The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England. It came into being in 1970 under the Synodical Government Measure 1969, replacing an earlier body known as the Church Assembly.

The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level.

Synod Office

The General Synod is supported by staff of the National Church Institutions. The Synod Office is located at Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ. The Church House switchboard number is 020 7898 1000. You can also use this form to contact the Synod Office.

Meet your Synod Representatives

Your Diocesan Synod representatives are split into two houses, the House of Laity and the Proctors in Convocation (Clergy). Each Synod rep is responsible for a certain area of the diocese and can be invited to attend your Deanery Synod meetings and to provide you with information and advice.

House of Laity

Canon Nigel Bacon

Nigel has been re-elected having served on the previous General Synod. Nigel, a Reader and a Chartered Engineer, lives in Market Deeping with his wife, Julie, and is active within his parish and on many diocesan committees and groups.

Deanery Partnerships:  Covering  East Lindsey including Bolingbroke, C&C, Horncastle and Louthesk. Also sharing responsibility for Elloe West.

01778 342737

Mr Carl Fender

Carl has been re-elected having served on the previous General Synod. Carl lives and worships in Stamford with his wife Adele and two children and has used his skills as a lawyer on various General Synod steering groups during the previous term.

Deanery Partnerships: Sharing responsibility for Stamford in South Kesteven and North Kesteven including Lafford and Graffoe.

07740 766561

Canon Prof Muriel Robinson

Muriel has been re-elected for a second term on General Synod. She has lived in ‘up-hill’ Lincoln with her husband since 2003 and her current roles include being the chair of the Lincoln Diocesan Trust & Board of Finance.

Deanery Partnerships: Covering North Lincolnshire including Isle of Axholme, Manlake and Yarborough. Also sharing responsibility for Lincoln and West Lindsey.

Mrs Sue Slater

Sue is a Reader, Tower Captain of the bell ringers at her Church St Mary and St Nicholas in Spalding, and is a diocesan trustee. Sue has been re-elected for a fourth term on General Synod.

Deanery Partnerships: Covering Boston including Holland, Elloe East in South Holland and sharing responsibility for Elloe West.

01775 7682864

Proctors in Convocation

The Revd Stuart Cradduck

Stuart has been newly elected to General Synod having campaigned as a member of the Inclusive Church Network. Stuart is a parish priest and Rural Dean of Grantham, who has served as a trustee and on many diocesan committees.

Deanery Partnerships: Covering Grantham and Loveden within South Kesteven.

07960 381060

The Ven Gavin Kirk

Gavin has been re-elected having served on the previous General Synod and having sat on numerous steering committees. He has been he Archdeacon of Lincoln for the past 5 years, having served in the Diocese of Lincoln since 2003.

Deanery Partnerships: Covering North East Lincs including Grimsby & Cleethorpes and Haverstoe and sharing responsibility for Lincoln.

01522 504039

The Revd Sonia Barron

Sonia is newly elected to General Synod, but has previously been the co-chair of the Archbishop’s Council’s taskforce on racial justice. 

Sonia is the current Diocesan Director of Ordinands having been a parish priest and Rural Dean in the diocese since 2014. She lives with Tom, her husband of 30 years.

Deanery Partnerships: Sharing responsibility for West Lindsey including Corringham, Lawres and West Wold.      

07701 364419

The Revd Canon Martin Taylor

Martyn has been re-elected to serve  on General Synod having served the previous term also as a member of the Finance Committee of the Archbishop’s Council. Martyn is a parish priest and Rural Dean of Stamford where he lives with his wife Philippa.

Deanery Partnerships: Covering Beltisloe within South Kesteven and sharing responsibility for Stamford and North Kesteven including Lafford and Graffoe 

01780 757343

Reports from your General Synod reps