Bronwen becomes vicar of new ‘Rivers’ group of churches in Retford

The Revd Bronwen Gamble was licensed at St John the Baptist, East Markham on Monday evening, as Rector Designate in the new Rivers, Retford Benefice by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams.

Bronwen was formerly Rector of Cropwell Bishop with Colston Bassett, Granby with Elton, Langar cum Barnstone, and Tythby with Cropwell Butler (The Wiverton Group).

She said: “The licensing service was a splendid occasion and great start to the new phase of ministry in this part of the diocese for the people of ‘The Rivers, Retford’ and for me personally. Coming ‘up north’ as someone born and brought up in the south of Nottinghamshire, is a big change but one I relish.  Everyone I have met so far has been warm, welcoming and affirming. We know we have a challenge and task ahead of us but it is one which we share and take on together in the name of the Father who loves us, the Son who inspires us and the Holy Spirit who will equip us.”

Bronwen is also Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee. She was made Honorary Canon of Southwell Minster in February 2017.

Bishop Paul added: “It was such a joyful evening in Retford on Monday as we welcomed Bronwen as Vicar to the new Retford Rivers Benefice.  Bronwen brings significant pastoral insight and wisdom, especially in the leadership of multi parish benefices.  We are so glad she remains in the Diocese and continues as both the chair of the DAC and as a member of the College of Canons.  We give thanks for each of the nine parishes she will be ministering to, serving their communities and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. ”

Bronwen trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant after university. She was licensed as a Reader in 1994, deaconed in June 2002 and priested a year later, then appointed as full time stipendiary Rector of the Wiverton Group of Parishes in January 2006. Since then, as well as being the incumbent of a rural multi-parish benefice in the Vale of Belvoir, Bronwen has been involved in a number of Deanery and Diocesan groups and committees. Click here for pictures.