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Revd.Canon Karen Hutchinson
to be Archdeacon of Norwich

In 2016, the Revd.Canon Karen Hutchinson, Vicar of The Bourne and Tilford, was instituted as the new Archdeacon of Norwich.

Karen has been the Vicar of The Bourne and Tilford since 2012, before which she was Vicar of Crondall and Ewshot.  For the past five years, she has been Diocesan Advisor in Women’s Ministry and was elected to the General Synod in 2013 to represent the clergy of the Diocese of Guildford.

Revd.Canon Karen Hutchinson

Karen was collated and installed as Archdeacon of Norwich and Warden of Readers at 3:30 p.m on Sunday 13th November in Norwich Cathedral.

Karen was born in 1964 in Lincolnshire.  Her father served in the RAF.  She read Mathematics at the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall) and qualified as a solicitor in 1989 working for a decade in litigation.  She trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, serving a curacy in the Diocese of Winchester whilst studying for an MA in Applied Theology through the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Karen is married to Richard who is a freelance copy-editor and they have two adult children who live in Bristol and Basingstoke.

Karen, who visited the Diocese of Norwich last year as part of a leadership course, said:

“I will be sad to leave the people in my current benefice and in the Diocese of Guildford, but am very much looking forward to working with new colleagues and parishes in Norwich and taking forward the renewed Mission Strategy.”

The Rt.Revd. Andrew Watson (Bishop of Guildford) said:

“Karen has contributed hugely to the life of the diocese over the past ten years, both through the excellence of her parish work, as a member of General Synod and in her wider contribution, notably as Advisor on Women’s Ministry.  Her warmth, wisdom, spiritual depth and unflappability will be greatly missed, and I have no doubt that she will make an outstanding Archdeacon of Norwich”.

The Rt.Revd.Graham James (Bishop of Norwich) said:

“Karen Hutchinson has a rich experience of parish and diocesan ministry, as well as her legal training and practice, to bring to the role of Archdeacon of Norwich and Warden of Readers.  She has won the hearts of the people of her present benefice by her strategic leadership and pastoral imagination.  I am confident she will soon come to love this diocese and its people and be greatly appreciated for the gifts she will bring.”

(Information and pictures from The Bourne Parish and Norwich Cathedral web-sites)

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