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New Archdeacon of Norwich installed in special ceremony at Norwich Cathedral

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On Saturday 1 October, Revd Canon Keith James was installed as the Archdeacon of Norwich at Norwich Cathedral. On the same day, Revd Catherine Dobson was installed as the Archdeacon of Lynn.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher led the service which was open to everyone.

The new Archdeacon of Norwich, Revd Canon Keith James 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 this.

Revd Keith is married to Linda; a special needs teacher and they have three adult children. He 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. 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 a 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 said;

“Canon Keith James has already proved to be an excellent Interim Archdeacon of Norwich and I know that he will bring many skills to clergy development and the flourishing of the city’s parishes.”

Archdeacon Keith succeeds Karen Hutchinson who served as Archdeacon of Norwich since 2016.