Queen Approves Nomination of First Female Bishop in Derbyshire and East Midlands

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Janet Elizabeth McFarlane, BMedSci, BA, Archdeacon of Norwich, in the Diocese of Norwich, to the Suffragan See of Repton in the Diocese of Derby.

The announcement of the first female Bishop in Derbyshire and the East Midlands and the ninth female Bishop in the Church of England was made from Downing Street shortly after 10am this morning, Friday 26 February 2016.
Jan McFarlane will take the title Bishop of Repton, a Suffragan Bishop, working alongside the Bishop of Derby in leading the Church of England across the whole of the county.
As the second most senior appointment in the Diocese, she will be required to advise and consult with key people and organisations involved with the well-being of communities in Derbyshire.

Jan McFarlane said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to become the sixth Bishop of Repton. I know Derbyshire a little having spent the first 18 years of my life in north Staffordshire and I’m looking forward to really getting to know this beautiful county and those who live and work and worship here.

“I’m passionate about the Christian faith and am energised by the challenges and opportunities we face as we learn how to adapt and grow in order to share that faith with a new generation. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the various community groups in Derby and beyond.”

Jan McFarlane will be consecrated as a Bishop on Wednesday 29 June in London. 

The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern said: “ I am delighted to welcome Jan McFarlane to the Diocese as the new Bishop of Repton. She brings an enormous range of gifts and skills to this task. I look forward to working with her as a colleague. This is a challenging moment for the Church of England and I am confident of the rich possibilities for the mission of this Diocese.”

The Venerable Jan McFarlane (age 51) was educated first at Sheffield University, where she trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, and then at St John’s College, Durham; and she trained for ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham.

 Jan served her first curacy at Stafford in Lichfield Diocese from 1993 to 1996 and was among the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in 1994. From 1996 to 1999 she was Chaplain and Minor Canon at Ely Cathedral. Since 1999 she has been Director of Communications in the Diocese of Norwich.
From 2001 to 2009 Jan served as Chaplain to the Bishop of Norwich and has been Archdeacon of Norwich since 2009. She combines her role as Archdeacon with the posts of Director of Communications and Warden of Readers. She has been a member of the General Synod since 2005.
Jan is married to Andrew Ridoutt, a television cameraman. Her interests include exploring the beautiful British countryside, beaches and country pubs with Andrew and their rather mischievous Miniature Schnauzer, Edith. Jan has contributed to several books of prayers and reflections for Church House Publishing and broadcasts regularly on local radio.
As Bishop of Repton she succeeds the Right Reverend Humphrey Ivo John Southern, MA, who became the Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, an Anglican theological college, in April 2015.

The diocesan website will have a welcome video with the new Bishop of Repton available on the homepage at 2pm

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