Bishop’s Chaplain appointed

The Revd Amanda Lees, curate in the United Benefice of Blidworth and Rainworth, has been appointed as Chaplain to Bishop Paul, starting her new role on 23rd April.

Bishop Paul said: “I am delighted that Amanda has accepted this new appointment. Through her professional and ministerial experience before and since ordination she brings to this role a range of skills and insights that will be an immense support to my ministry as bishop, especially during this season of development as we seek to fulfil the missional priorities of the diocese Growing Disciples in every parish.

Amanda said she was excited about the challenge ahead.

“While continuing to grow in my priestly ministry, this new role will also allow me to draw on the experience and skills acquired in my previous work in the world of business, which is affirming and shows that God does not waste anything.

“It is a really exciting time to be part of the diocese, there is a wonderful intent behind the renewed focus on Growing Disciples.

“I will hugely miss the parishes, though. They have given me and my family such love and acceptance. They have loved us for who we are. My final service will be on Easter Day – that will be a powerful experience.”

Bishop Paul added: “I am particularly grateful to the Revd Hazel Robinson for the support she has given to Amanda in discerning a calling to this new role, as well as to the people of Blidworth and Rainworth for their care and nurture of her ministry among them.”

Amanda graduated from Durham University before joining the Boots Company.  For 20 years, Amanda worked within Boots retail and service sectors, specialising in strategy, customer and brand development.   It was there that she met her husband Michael and their collective adventure began, soon joined by Francesca (14), Sebastian (13), Frederick (11) and Roland (8).

Whilst Amanda thoroughly enjoyed her time at Boots she felt a deeper draw to serve God’s Kingdom. In 2013 she began training for ministry at St. John’s College, Nottingham, and is currently serving her title in Blidworth and Rainworth with the Revd Hazel Robinson.

The Revd Tom Gillum, who has been interim Chaplain since September, will finish on 6th March prior to taking up his appointment as Vicar of the newly formed city Parish of St Mary the Virgin in Nottingham on 18th March.