Anglican Diocese of Birmingham

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Diocese of Birmingham
Dioecesis Birminghamiensis
Dio Birmingham arms.png
Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Aston, Birmingham
Statistics
Parishes 162
Churches 195
Information
Cathedral Cathedral Church of Saint Philip
Current leadership
Bishop David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham
Suffragan Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston
Dean Matt Thompson, Dean-designate of Birmingham
Archdeacons Hayward Osborne, Archdeacon of Birmingham
Simon Heathfield, Archdeacon of Aston
Website
birmingham.anglican.org

The Diocese of Birmingham is a diocese in the Church of England's Province of Canterbury, covering the north west of the traditional county of Warwickshire (now West Midlands and part of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and north Worcestershire) in England.

Cathedral

The see is in the centre of the City of Birmingham, West Midlands, where the seat of the diocese is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Philip.

The 18th-century parish church of Saint Philip in Birmingham was elevated to cathedral status in 1905 when the see was founded, on 13 January 1905.[1] Previously the area had been part of the Diocese of Worcester.

Bishops

Besides the diocesan Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart and the Bishop suffragan of Aston (Anne Hollinghurst; which see was created in 1954), there are four retired bishops resident in (or near) the diocese who are licensed to serve as honorary assistant bishops:[2]

Since 1994, alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor, Jonathan Goodall, Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet since 2013, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

Archdeaconries and deaneries

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries Paid clergy Churches Population People/clergy People/church Churches/clergy
Diocese of Birmingham Archdeaconry of Aston Deanery of Aston 8 10 94,960 11,870 9,496 1.25
Deanery of Coleshill 14 18 137,541 9,824 7,641 1.29
Deanery of Polesworth 7 18 39,549 5,650 2,197 2.57
Deanery of Solihull 13 13 77,632 5,972 5,972 1
Deanery of Sutton Coldfield 14 14 102,817 7,344 7,344 1
Deanery of Yardley & Bordesley 10 16 206,603 20,660 12,913 1.6
Archdeaconry of Birmingham Deanery of Central Birmingham 13* 10* 59,673* 4,590 5,967 0.77
Deanery of Edgbaston 15 13 129,568 8,638 9,967 0.87
Deanery of Handsworth 11 13 156,750 14,250 12,058 1.18
Deanery of King's Norton 11 17 125,538 11,413 7,385 1.55
Deanery of Moseley 14 16 134,813 9,630 8,426 1.14
Deanery of Shirley 11 15 112,341 10,213 7,489 1.36
Deanery of Warley 6 11 121,861 20,310 11,078 1.83
Total/average 147 184 1,499,646 10,202 8,150 1.25

*including Cathedral

Churches

Not in a deanery

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Cathedra [2] 5,310

Deanery of Aston

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Aston (St James) (St Peter and St Paul) and Nechells [3]
  • Vicar: Philip Nott
  • Associate Vicar: Becky Jones
  • Curate: Giyanow Kayla
23,808
Erdington (St Barnabas) [4]
  • Vicar: Freda Evans
  • Curate: Siobhan Bridge
17,167
Erdington (St Chad)
  • St Chad, Erdington (1914)
[5]
  • Vicar: Nic Blackwell
7,232
Erdington Christ the King
  • St Martin, Perry Common
  • St Margaret, Short Heath
[6]
  • Vicar: Ruth Souter
19,137
Gravelly Hill (All Saints)
  • Vicar/Priest-in-Charge: Richard Walker-Hill
17,313
Stockland Green (St Mark)
Pype Hayes (St Mary the Virgin) [7]
  • Vicar: Nigel Traynor
10,303

Deanery of Coleshill

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Castle Bromwich (St Clement)
  • St Clement of Alexandria, Castle Bromwich
[8]
  • Vicar: Stuart Carter
  • Curate: Andi Thomas
12,593
Castle Bromwich (St Mary and St Margaret) [9]
  • Rector: Mark Hopkins
7,559
Chelmsley Wood (St Andrew)
  • St Andrew, Chelmsley Wood
[10]
  • Rector: Michael Harmon
  • NSM: Helene Harmon
16,194
Garretts Green (St Thomas) and Tile Cross
  • St Thomas, Garretts Green
[11]
  • Vicar: Vacant
  • NSM: Susan Larkin
19,423
  • St Peter, Tile Cross
[12]
Hodge Hill (St Philip and St James)
  • SS Philip & James, Hodge Hill
[13]
  • Team Rector: Alastair Barrett
  • Curate: Jenni Crewes
  • NSM: Sally Nash
19,008
Kingshurst (St Barnabas)
  • St Barnabas, Kingshurst
[14]
  • Vicar: Jo Johnson
8,882
Lea Hall (St Richard)
  • St Richard, Lea Hall
  • Vicar: Paul Bracher
8,389
Marston Green (St Leonard)
  • St Leonard, Marston Green
[15]
  • Vicar: Penny Harrison
  • Curate: Joseph Roberts
6,793
Coleshill (St Peter and St Paul) [16]
  • Vicar: Nick Parker
6,717
Maxstoke (St Michael and All Angels)
  • St Michael & All Angels, Maxstoke
Shard End (All Saints) [17]
  • Vicar: Anthony Clucas
11,532
Sheldon (St Giles) [18]
  • Hon. Priest-in-Charge: Alexandra Lavin
14,906
Water Orton (St Peter and St Paul) [19]
  • Vicar: Paul Tullett
3,444
The Whitacres, Lea Marston, and Shustoke
  • St John the Baptist, Lea Marton
  • St Cuthbert, Shustoke
  • St Giles, Nether Whitacre
  • St Leonard, Over Whitacre
[20]
  • Rector: Becky Stephens
2,101

Deanery of Polesworth

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
All Souls, North Warwickshire
  • St Nicholas, Austrey
  • St Mary, Newton Regis
  • All Saints, Seckington
  • St Matthew, Shuttington
  • Holy Trinity, Warton
[21]
  • Rector: Stephen Banks
3,360
Amington (St Editha) [22]
  • Vicar: Ben Green
8,250
Baddesley Ensor (St Nicholas) with Grendon
  • St Nicholas, Baddesley Ensor
  • All Saints, Grendon
[23]
  • Vicar: Roger Chamberlain
3,537
Baxterley (Not Known) with Hurley and Wood End etc [24]
  • Priest-in-Charge: John White
8,055
Kingsbury (St Peter and St Paul)
Dordon (St Leonard)
  • St Leonard, Dordon
  • St Mary, Freasley
  • Vicar: Ann Simmons
3,192
Dosthill (St Paul)
  • Vicar: Louise Shaw
6,158
Polesworth (St Editha) [25]
  • Vicar: Philip Wells
6,997

Deanery of Solihull

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Balsall Common (St Peter)
  • St Peter, Balsall Common
[26]
  • Vicar: Peter Thomas
5,459
Barston (St Swithin)
  • St Swithin, Barston
[27]
  • Priest-in-Charge/Rector: Stuart Dimes
3,061
Hampton-In-Arden (St Mary & St Bart) w Bickenhill St Peter
  • SS Mary & Bartholomew, Hampton-in-Arden
[28]
  • St Peter, Bickenhill (MED)
[29]
Elmdon (St Nich) (St Stephen's Ch Centre) (Valley Ch Centre) [30]
  • Rector: Toby Crowe
8,887
Hobs Moat (St Mary)
  • St Mary, Hobs Moat
[31]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Linda Granner
10,508
Knowle (St John the Baptist) (St Lawrence & St Anne) [32]
  • Vicar: Michael Parker
  • Curate: Matt Simpson
  • Curate: Elizabeth Peachey
  • NSM: Sue Ashton
9,165
Olton (St Margaret)
  • St Margaret, Olton
[33]
  • Vicar: Dominic Wright
  • NSM: Susan Chandler
11,019
Solihull (Catherine De Barnes) (St Alphege) (St Helen) (St Mich) [34]
  • Team Rector: Jane Kenchington
  • Team Vicar: Simon Marshall
  • Team Vicar: Helen Greenham
  • Curate: Samuel Gibson
  • NSM: Roy Murray
28,526
Temple Balsall (St Mary) [35]
  • Vicar: Kathleen Lloyd Roberts
1,007

Deanery of Sutton Coldfield

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Boldmere (St Michael)
  • St Michael, Boldmere
[36]
  • Vicar: Gary Birchall
  • Curate: Catherine Walker
  • NSM: Emma Sykes
14,291
Castle Vale (St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne) with Minworth
  • St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Castle Vale (1973)
  • St George the Martyr, Minworth (1909)
[37]
  • Vicar: James Cope
11,470
Curdworth (St Nicholas and St Peter Ad Vincula) (St George) etc [38]
  • Rector: John Raja
1,981
Four Oaks (All Saints) [39]
  • Vicar: David Leahy
  • Curate: Jonathan Flitcroft
6,498
Hill (St James) [40]
  • Vicar: Anugrah Ramble
  • NSM: Judith Ramble
12,269
Maney (St Peter)
  • St Peter, Maney (1877)
[41]
  • Vicar: Matthew Rhodes
6,003
Sutton Coldfield (Holy Trinity) [42]
  • Rector: John Routh
10,736
Sutton Coldfield (St Chad)
  • St Chad, Sutton Coldfield (pre-1927)
[43]
  • Vicar: Jonathan Nicholas
14,461
Sutton Coldfield (St Columba)
  • St Columba, Sutton Coldfield
  • Vicar: Vacant
6,767
Walmley (St John the Evangelist)
  • St John the Evangelist, Walmley
[44]
  • Vicar: Patrick Doel
  • Curate: Adrian Evans
  • Curate: Ben Cook
13,340
Wylde Green (Emmanuel) [45]
  • Priest-in-Charge: John Bridge
5,001

Deanery of Yardley and Bordesley

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Acocks Green (St Mary) [46]
  • Vicar: Andrew Bullock
15,747
Bordesley (St Benedict)
  • Priest-in-Charge: Roger Sheppard
10,850
Saltley (St Saviour) and Washwood Heath
  • Vicar: Alan Thompson
28,747
Small Heath (All Saints) [47]
  • Vicar: Vacant
  • Curate: Anthony Murley
25,580
Sparkbrook (Christ Church)
  • Christ Church, Sparkbrook (1867)
[48]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Richard Sudworth
7,000
Sparkhill (St John the Evangelist) [49]
  • Vicar: Vacant
20,694
Springfield (St Christopher) [50]
  • Vicar: Tom Thomas
  • Curate: Beccy Allen
7,638
Stechford (All Saints) (St Andrew)
  • All Saints, Stechford (1897)
[51]
  • Vicar: Griphus Gakuru
12,616
Tyseley (St Edmund)
  • St Edmund, Tyseley
[52]
  • Vicar: Vacant
11,048
Ward End Holy Trinity (St Margaret) w Bordesley Green [53]
  • Vicar: Vacant
  • Curate: Susan Barter
27,753
Yardley (St Cyprian) Hay Mill
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
21,470
Yardley, South (St Michael and All Angels)
  • St Michael & All Angels, South Yardley
[54]
Yardley (St Edburgha) [55]
  • Vicar: William Sands
17,460

Deanery of Central Birmingham

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Birmingham (St George)
  • St George, Newtown
  • SS Paul & Silas, Lozells (NB in Handsworth deanery)
[56]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Alison Cozens
  • Curate: Nejib Boumenjel
14,879
Birmingham (St Luke)
  • St Luke, Gas Street
[57]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Tim Hughes
  • Curate: Amanda Howett
  • Curate: Nick Drake
  • Curate: Chris Mitton
10,839
Birmingham (St Martin-In-The-Bull-Ring) w Bordesley St Andrew [58]
  • Rector: Vacant
  • NSM: Elcineide Blair-Chappell
4,083
Birmingham (St Paul) [59]
  • Vicar: Mary Gilbert
4,565
Highgate (St Alban the Martyr and St Patrick) [60]
  • Vicar: Gerry Sykes
4,481
Ladywood (St John the Evangelist) (St Peter) [61]
  • Vicar: Ian Harper
  • Curate: Ivor Lewis
  • NSM: Wayne Hamilton
11,030
Sparkbrook (St Agatha) with Balsall Heath St Barnabas [62]
  • Hon. Priest-in-Charge: John Luff
4,486

Deanery of Edgbaston

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Bartley Green (St Michael and All Angels) [63]
  • Vicar: Ruth Atkinson
14,906
Edgbaston (St Augustine) [64]
  • Vicar: Matthew Tomlinson
8,843
Edgbaston (St Bartholomew) [65]
  • Vicar: Nick Tucker
9,260
Edgbaston (St George with St Michael) (St Michael's Hall) [66]
  • Vicar: Julian Francis
3,807
Edgbaston (St Germain) [67]
  • Vicar: Hugh Scriven
  • NSM: Sarah Hayes
6,650
Harborne (St Faith and St Laurence) [68]
  • Vicar: Priscilla White
8,784
Harborne (St Peter) [69]
  • Vicar: Graeme Richardson
10,825
Harborne Heath (St John the Baptist)
  • St John the Baptist, Harborne
[70]
  • Vicar: Leonard Browne
  • Associate Vicar: Antony Spencer
7,080
Quinton Road West (St Boniface)
  • St Boniface, Quinton
[71]
  • Vicar: Raymond Yates
  • NSM: Janet Knox
10,198
Quinton, the (Christ Church) [72]
  • Rector: Jennifer Arnold
  • Curate: Rachel Heathfield
  • NSM: Andrew Wells
17,361
Selly Oak (St Mary) [73]
  • Vicar: Jim Cox
  • NSM: Jayne Adams
  • NSM: David Parker
10,893
Summerfield (Christ Church) (Cavendish Road Hall) [74]
  • Vicar: Peter Sainsbury
10,745
Weoley Castle (St Gabriel) [75]
  • Vicar: Fiona Harrison-Smith
10,216

Deanery of Handsworth

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Birchfield (Holy Trinity) [76]
  • Vicar: Evadne Pitts
17,809
Hamstead (St Bernard)
  • St Bernard, Hamstead
[77]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Denise Jones
6,136
Hamstead (St Paul) [78]
  • Vicar: Smitha Prasadam
14,970
Handsworth (St Andrew) [79]
  • Vicar: Douglas Machiridza
14,204
Birmingham (Bishop Latimer with All Saints)
  • Priest-in-Charge/Vicar: Julian Sampson
  • NSM: Jaisher Chaudhary
19,786
Handsworth (St Michael) (St Peter)
Handsworth (Good News Asian Church) Proprietary Chapel
  • Good News Asian Church, Handsworth
  • Vicar (St James): Vacant
  • NSM: Jaisher Chaudhary
17,124
Handsworth (St James)
Handsworth (St Mary) Epiphany [80]
  • Rector: Robert Stephen
14,834
Kingstanding (St Luke)
  • St Luke, Kingstanding
[81]
  • Vicar: Barry Smart
16,156
Kingstanding (St Mark)
  • St Mark, Kingstanding (1952)
[82]
  • Vicar: Philip Calvert
8,921
Perry Barr (St John the Evangelist) [83]
  • Vicar: Barrie Scott
  • Curate: Sarah Cooper
12,242
Perry Beeches (St Matthew)
  • St Matthew, Perry Beeches (1939)
[84]
  • Vicar: Adam Romanis
14,568

Deanery of King's Norton

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Allens Cross (St Bartholomew)
  • Priest-in-Charge: Anne Ladd
  • Curate: Nick Ladd
14,795
Cofton Hackett (St Michael) with Barnt Green [85]
  • Vicar: Rob Fieldson
  • Curate: Sheridan Gidney
3,569
The Cotteridge Church (Methodist/CofE/URC) [86]
  • Minister: Michael Claridge
  • NSM: Roger Collins
4,680
Frankley (St Leonard) [87]
  • Rector: Vacant
8,427
Kings Norton (St Nicolas) [88]
  • Team Rector: Lawrence Wright
  • Team Vicar: Vacant
  • NSM: Eliakim Ikechukwu
28,374
Lickey, the (Holy Trinity) [89]
  • Vicar: Vacant
4,292
Longbridge (St John the Baptist)
  • Vicar: Colin Corke
9,233
Northfield (St Laurence) [90]
  • Rector: Janet Craven
  • NSM: David Pycock
15,713
Rednal (St Stephen the Martyr)
  • St Stephen the Martyr, Rednal (1951)
[91]
  • Vicar: Thomas Sotonwa
  • NSM: Stephen Jones
7,166
Rubery (St Chad)
  • Vicar: Claire Turner
9,725
Shenley Green (St David)
  • Vicar: Mark Bennett
9,165
West Heath (St Anne)
  • St Anne, West Heath
[92]
  • Vicar: Vacant
10,399

Deanery of Moseley

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Balsall Heath (St Paul) and Edgbaston
  • Vicar: Paul Leckey
18,375
Billesley Common (Holy Cross)
  • Holy Cross, Billesley Common
[93]
  • Vicar: Debra Collins
9,486
Bournville (St Francis) [94]
  • Vicar: Peter Babington
8,062
Brandwood (St Bede)
  • St Bede, Brandwood
[95]
  • Vicar: Andrew Delmege
8,996
Hazelwell (St Mary Magdalen)
  • St Mary Magdalen, Hazelwell
  • Vicar: Moira Forbes
6,496
Highters Heath (Immanuel)
  • Immanuel, Highters Heath
[96]
  • Vicar: Vacant
9,608
Kings Heath (All Saints) [97]
  • Vicar: David Warbrick
12,613
Moseley (St Agnes) [98]
  • Vicar: Philip Ansell
10,083
Moseley (St Anne) (St Mary) [99]
  • Vicar: Duncan Strathie
  • Curate: Hazel White
  • NSM: Conan Chitham-Mosley
14,346
Selly Park (Christ Church)
  • Christ Church, Selly Park (1977)
[100]
  • Vicar: Geoff Latham
5,503
Selly Park (St Stephen) (St Wulstan) [101]
  • Vicar: Chris Hobbs
  • Curate: Andy Martin
14,099
Stirchley (Ascension) [102]
  • Vicar: Catherine Grylls
6,256
Yardley Wood (Christ Church) [103]
  • Vicar: Lydia Gaston
10,890

Deanery of Shirley

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Dorridge (St Philip)
  • St Philip, Dorridge
  • St James, Bentley Heath
[104]
  • Vicar: Timothy Hill-Brown
  • Curate: Jonathan Tattersall
  • Hon. Curate: Rachel Hill-Brown
9,411
Hall Green (Church of the Ascension) [105]
  • Vicar: Vacant
14,839
Hall Green (St Michael)
  • St Michael, Hall Green
[106]
  • Priest-in-Charge/Vicar: Martin Stephenson
  • Curate: Jess Foster
23,505
Hall Green (St Peter) [107]
Lapworth (St Mary the Virgin)
  • St Mary the Virgin, Lapworth
  • Rector: Patrick Gerard
1,611
Baddesley Clinton (St Michael)
  • St Michael, Baddesley Clinton
Packwood (St Giles) with Hockley Heath
  • St Giles, Packwood
  • St Thomas, Nuthurst
[108]
  • Vicar: Marc Catley
2,657
Salter Street (St Patrick)
  • St Patrick, Salter Street (1840)
[109]
  • Vicar: Julie Humphries
12,732
Shirley (St James the Great)
  • Vicar: Peter Law-Jones
  • Curate: Paul Day
35,412
Tanworth (St Mary Magdalene)
  • St Mary Magdalene, Tanworth-in-Arden (MED)
[110]
  • Vicar: Paul Cudby
2,460
Wythall (St Mary) [111]
  • Vicar: Vacant
  • Curate: Michelle Parton
9,714

Deanery of Warley [112]

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served
Bearwood (St Mary the Virgin)
  • St Mary the Virgin, Bearwood (1888)
  • Vicar: Anthony Perry
6,811
Blackheath (St Paul)
  • St Paul, Blackheath (1869)
[113]
  • Vicar/Priest-in-Charge: Mike Sermon
23,970
Rounds Green (St James)
  • St James, Rounds Green
[114]
Oldbury (Christ Church), Langley, and Londonderry
  • Christ Church, Oldbury
  • St John & Michael, Langley
  • St Mark, Londonderry
[115]
  • Vicar: Kathy Evans
27,664
Rowley Regis (St Giles)
  • St Giles, Rowley Regis (MED)
[116]
  • Vicar: Vacant
17,777
Smethwick (Old Church) [117]
  • Vicar: Deb Buckley
8,973
Smethwick (Resurrection) (St Stephen and St Michael)
  • Holy Trinity, Smethwick (1846)
[118]
  • Vicar: David Gould
  • NSM: Nick Ross
15,924
Smethwick (St Matthew with St Chad)
  • St Matthew, Smethwick (1855)
  • Hon. Priest-in-Charge: Lucille Arlidge
10,199
Warley Woods (St Hilda)
  • St Hilda, Warley Woods (1906)
[119]
  • Vicar: Paul Hinton
10,543

See also

References

  1. ^ "No. 27754". The London Gazette. 13 January 1905. pp. 311–312. 
  2. ^ [1] Section: Honorary Assistant Bishops
  3. ^ Sinclair, Rt Rev. Maurice Walter. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 April 2014.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  4. ^ Santer, Rt Rev. Mark. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 April 2014.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  5. ^ "Iraj Kalimi Mottahedeh". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  • Church of England statistics 2002
  • Book: Canon Doctor Terry Slater, 2005, A Centenary History of the Diocese of Birmingham, Phillimore, Chichester

External links

  • Diocesan website
  • Churches in the Diocese of Birmingham ("A Church Near You")
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