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Dr Mandy Ford to lead Church of England’s Ministry Division

1 month, 2 weeks ago

It has been announced this morning by the Church of England that the Revd Dr Mandy Ford has been appointed as Interim Director of Ministry. The official release from Church House reads:

The Church of England is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Mandy Ford as Interim Director of Ministry.

Canon Chancellor at Southwark Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Education for the Diocese of Southwark, Dr Ford will take up the post later this month. She succeeds the Revd Julian Hubbard who departs after seven years as Director of Ministry.

Brought up in Hong Kong, Dr Ford moved to London as an art student, going on to work as a printmaker and later primary school teacher before answering the call to ordination in 2000. During her subsequent ministry she has served the Church in Leicester and London. In her current role in the Diocese of Southwark she is responsible for overseeing the training of curates, professional development of the clergy and training and discipleship for lay people.

She has studied theology at Oxford and Nottingham. Her doctoral research focussed on the biblical interpretation and ethics of the theologian and philosopher Paul Ricoeur and she has since researched and written on topics including ministry in cities.

A keen artist and gardener, she also comes from a family of accomplished cooks and was once a semi-finalist on MasterChef.

She takes on the post on secondment from the Diocese of Southwark.

The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and the chair of the Church of England’s Ministry Council, said: “I am thrilled that Mandy Ford will serve in this role as we move through a period of significant change and realignment of Ministry Division. 

“Mandy brings experience from her work in Leicester and Southwark Dioceses that will help us build on the Division’s current work to enable and encourage the highest standards and best practice in discernment and formation for the church’s ordained and lay ministers. 

“I am very grateful to the Bishop of Southwark for agreeing to Mandy’s secondment.”

Mandy said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the talented staff in Ministry Division and Church of England dioceses to build on the progress made in increasing the number of ordinands and supporting clergy in their leadership.

“I am also excited about the challenges ahead as we focus on lay people in their leadership and ministry, working in partnership with the Setting God’s People Free programme and sharing initiatives and good practice from around the church.”

Commenting on The Revd Canon Dr Mandy Ford’s secondment the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun said, “Canon Mandy Ford will bring a great deal of wisdom and expertise to Ministry Division and we wish her well for her secondment.  We are glad that Mandy will remain part of the Southwark team and continue some of her responsibilities in the Diocese and at the Cathedral, whilst using her gifts and abilities for the benefit of the wider Church.”

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn said, “I am pleased that Mandy has been asked to bring her many skills to the role of Interim Director of Ministry at Church House and that she will be able to continue as a member of Chapter at the Cathedral. She will be in our thoughts and prayers as she takes on this secondment.”