New Archdeacon of Lynn installed
10 September 2018
On Sunday 9 September the Venerable Ian Bentley was installed and collated as Archdeacon of Lynn by the Bishop of Norwich.
The service took place in Norwich Cathedral, prior to Evensong.
Speaking about his new role as Archdeacon of Lynn, Ian said:
“I am 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.”
Speaking about Ian’s appointment, the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James said:
“Ian 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.”
Born in Southend, Essex, Ian had a teaching career spanning 15 years with two Deputy Headships, first in Stanford, then at a Service School in Germany, where both his children were born.
Ian trained at Cranmer Hall, St John’s, Durham, and was ordained in 1995. He has served for the whole of his ministry in the Diocese of Norwich, beginning as a curate in Mattishall. He then moved to the Earsham group of parishes in South Norfolk in 1998 prior to becoming the Vicar of Oulton Broad in 2006. In 2017 he came to Norwich as the Interim Vicar of St Peter Mancroft. He is also Chapter Canon of Norwich Cathedral.