Keith will be collated and installed as Archdeacon of Norwich at 3.30pm on Saturday 1 October in Norwich Cathedral. All are welcome to attend the service.
Keith was born in New Zealand but his childhood was spent in the North West of England.
He studied at Leeds University, and has served in Lincoln and Worcester dioceses in parish ministry in rural and urban settings.
He moved to Norwich in 2015 to be the Continuing Ministerial Development officer for the diocese and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral
In 2020, his Diocesan role changed to become Director of Ministry and in March 2022 he became Interim Archdeacon of Norwich in addition to being Director of Ministry.
He is married to Linda; a special needs teacher and they have three adult children. Keith enjoys tea, travel and live sport – especially following the England cricket team and the mighty Burnley Football Club.
“It is a real privilege to be appointed Archdeacon of Norwich, and to do this together with supporting Ministerial Development. I have valued and enjoyed being part of the Cathedral Chapter and community and am grateful for all that I have received during my time as a Residentiary Canon.
Since moving here seven years ago, I’ve become aware of the great things that are being done in parishes across the city of Norwich and the Diocese and am excited at what lies ahead. There are, of course, also challenges – for our communities and for the church – but it will be a privilege and joy to serve with people as we prayerfully share God’s love and hope with our neighbours.”
Speaking about the appointment, the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher says:
“Canon Keith James has already proved to be an excellent Interim Archdeacon of Norwich and I am pleased to confirm his appointment in that role as I know that he will bring many skills to clergy development and the flourishing of the city’s parishes.”
Revd Keith succeeds Karen Hutchinson who served as Archdeacon of Norwich since 2016.
Details of the installation and collation service will follow shortly.