Archdeacon Sarah Clark to be Bishop of Jarrow

Downing Street has today announced that the Archdeacon of Nottingham, the Venerable Sarah Clark, is to become the next Bishop of Jarrow in the Diocese of Durham.

Sarah was ordained in Southwell Minster in 1998 after training at St John’s College, Nottingham. She was appointed Archdeacon of Nottingham in October 2014. Prior to that she held posts as the Dean of Women’s Ministry, Team Rector of Clifton, Rector of Carlton-in-Lindrick and Langold with Oldcotes, and Area Dean.

Sarah said she would be sad to leave the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham but was looking forward to the new challenge ahead: “In my current role, I have had responsibility for supporting the development of our larger resourcing churches across the whole Diocese as they seek to grow and help plant and graft new churches. This is part of an exciting vision for growing disciples in every part of the diocese, which it has been a joy to be a part of, alongside engaging with churches and communities in the many practical and pastoral ways that are part of the role of an archdeacon. “I am very much looking forward to using those experiences in my new role and in helping the Diocese of Durham in its vision to ‘Bless our communities in Jesus’ name for the transformation of us all.”

Prior to training for ordination Sarah worked as a civil servant in the Employment Service but gradually came to believe that God was calling her to a different role. While still a member of the Baptist Church she studied for an M.A. in Theology at St John’s College, Bramcote, and during this time she first sensed a call to ordained ministry in the Church of England.

The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, The Rt Revd Paul Williams, said: “Sarah has been an inspirational colleague who throughout her ministry in this diocese has worked with energy and compassion for people and communities. We will be very sad to say farewell to Sarah but know she will be a tremendous blessing to the Diocese of Durham, bringing immense experience and insight from her years of mission in different parts of this diocese.”

Sarah is from an ex-mining community in the South Wales Valleys, something that she hopes gives her a great affinity for the people and places in the Diocese of Durham with its strong mining heritage.

As Bishop of Jarrow, Sarah will take on responsibility for those considering, and in training, for Ordination. She will be formally consecrated as Bishop by the Archbishop of York at 11am on the 27th February 2019 in York Minster. She will then be formally welcomed into the Diocese in a service at Durham Cathedral at a date to be confirmed. There will be a farewell service for Sarah in Southwell Minster on the 14th February at 7.30pm with more details to follow.