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Bishop of Norwich announces new Archdeacon of Lynn

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, has announced the appointment of Rev Canon Ian Bentley as the next Archdeacon of Lynn to be installed in September. 

Bishop Graham has announced the new Archdeacon of Lynn to be Canon Ian Bentley.  He will be installed as Archdeacon of Lynn in Norwich Cathedral on Sunday, September 9 at 3.30pm.
Canon Ian Bentley succeeds John Ashe who served as Archdeacon of Lynn since 2009 and whose retirement was marked with a farewell service in Norwich Cathedral on Sunday, March 11.

Ordained in 1995, Canon Ian Bentley has served in the Diocese of Norwich for the whole of his ministry. Most recently, over the last year, he has been Interim Vicar of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich.
He originally trained and worked as a teacher, before training at the theological college Cranmer Hall, St John’s College in Durham.  After ordination he worked as a curate to the Mattishall Benefice. In 1998 he moved to the Earsham group of parishes in South Norfolk and became the Vicar of Oulton Broad in 2006 where he served until 2017.

Bishop Graham said: “Ian Bentley has been an exemplary parish priest in this diocese.  Wherever he has served the Church has grown under his care and leadership.  He is highly esteemed by his fellow clergy and has the pastoral wisdom and good sense, which will serve us well in his new work as an Archdeacon.  Please pray for Ian and his wife Caroline and their family as he prepares for his new responsibilities.”

Canon Ian Bentley: “I am surprised, humbled and thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve as Archdeacon of Lynn.  I started my ministerial life as a curate in the Archdeaconry and it is great to be returning.  I have loved every job I have been entrusted with in the Diocese of Norwich over some 20 years and I look forward to working together with the clergy and their congregations and taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to their parishes in my new role.”

Ian’s last Sunday at the Church of St Peter Mancroft will be Sunday, July 22.

There are three archdeacons in the Diocese of Norwich, which covers Norfolk and Waveney. The Archdeacon of Lynn, the Archdeacon of  Norwich (Karen Hutchinson) and the Archdeacon of Norfolk (Steven Betts).
Photo credit: Hannah Betts

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