New Archdeacon of Salford

Published: 14 September 2009

The Bishop of Manchester has appointed The Revd Canon David Sharples, 51, to be the first Archdeacon of Salford.

The first duty of the new Archdeacon will be to enable the newly created archdeaconry to find its distinctive identity. The archdeaconry contains the deaneries of Eccles, Leigh and Salford.

Canon David Sharples was born in Manchester and has served all his ordained ministry in the Diocese. Ordained in 1982, he was Curate of St Mary, Prestwich, then Incumbent of St Anne, Royton and Area Dean of Tandle before being appointed Diocesan Director of Ordinands in 2002.

The new Archdeacon will retain his role as Director of Ordinands, but will build up a team that will increase vocation, selection and training work in tune with the 2025 agenda of rebalancing ordained ministry. By 2025 Manchester Diocese will have 150 stipendiary clergy available for deployment in parishes, and 350 Non-Stipendiary Ministers (NSMs) and Ordained Local Ministers (OLMs) providing ordained mission and ministry leadership.

This will involve not only some new elements within the selection and training of NSMs and OLMs but also, in conjunction with the Bishop of Bolton and the department of Discipleship and Ministry Training, some retraining of existing stipendiary clergy for what will become a more Episcopal, rather than simply Presbyterial, role.

Canon David Sharples said "I absolutely delighted to accept Bishop Nigel's invitation to become the Archdeacon of Salford. I am hugely excited at the prospect of living and working within the archdeaconry and getting to know the clergy and laity of the parishes in support of the mission and ministry of the Church.

“I am also thrilled that I will be continuing in my role as Director of Ordinands, which will have a new focus as I begin to build up a team to expand vocations work across the diocese, mindful of all the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead.”

The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, said: “I am delighted that David is to take on this role. He is held in great respect across the Diocese as a priest whose ministry is rooted in prayer and whose wisdom, leadership and listening skills have encouraged and guided many clergy and laity.”

The appointment was made following interview by a panel of 11 people.

Archdeacon Designate David will be collated and installed by the Bishop and the Dean in Manchester Cathedral at 3.30pm on a Saturday late in November or early December. The Archdeacon will retain his office at Bishopscourt. He will live at the Walled Garden, previously occupied by the Archdeacon of Manchester.

David is married to Elaine. They have two adult sons, Jonathan and Nicholas.

David is season ticket holder for Manchester City Football Club.

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