Mother-of-three to be new archdeacon

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THE Bishop of Portsmouth has announced the appointment of a new archdeacon to serve Portsmouth and Havant.

Canon Joanne Grenfell, who currently works at Sheffield Cathedral, will become the new Archdeacon of Portsdown after Easter.

She will take over from the Ven Trevor Reader, who is retiring from the role in January.

She will become one of three archdeacons serving Portsmouth’s Anglican diocese, and the third appointed by the Rt Rev Christopher Foster since he became bishop two years ago. The post involves supporting Church of England clergy in 44 parishes in Portsmouth and Havant, offering Christian leadership on behalf of the bishop, and helping the bishop to plan strategically and implement God’s vision for the diocese.

Dr Grenfell is married to the Rev Dr James Grenfell and they have three young children. He is priest-in-charge of St John the Evangelist, Ranmoor, in Sheffield. She said: ‘I am delighted to join the Diocese of Portsmouth.’