The Archdeacon of Chester- The Venerable Dr Michael Gilbertson

I was born and brought up in the Stockport area, and educated at Stockport Grammar School and New College Oxford, where I read Modern History. On leaving university, I spent nine years as a civil servant in London, in what was then the Department of Trade and Industry, working in a variety of areas of industrial and trade policy, including as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. I trained for the ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham, where I also completed my doctoral research on God and history in the Book of Revelation and in twentieth-century theology.

After ordination, I served as a curate in Southwark diocese, before moving back to Durham diocese, where I served for ten years as the Vicar of Stranton, a parish in inner urban Hartlepool, and was Area Dean of Hartlepool for most of that period. I am married to Jenny, a solicitor, and we have two sons, Matthew and Duncan. I am a keen jazz pianist, and enjoy listening to music, watching sport and cooking. It is a real privilege to return to minister in the diocese where I grew up.

Address:  Chester Diocesan Board of Finance, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE. 
TEL: 01928 718834 Ext 253 (Mobile 07921 040 154)


The Archdeacon of Macclesfield - The Venerable Ian Bishop

I became the Archdeacon of Macclesfield in January 2011. I am a Westcountryman and was born and brought up in Devizes and worked as a chartered surveyor before ordination. I am married to Sue, a personnel manager, and have three sons, Joe, Dan and Will. We live in Congleton. I was ordained as a deacon in 1991 and priested the following year. I was Rector of Middlewich and Byley and Rural Dean of Middlewich before being appointed Archdeacon. I enjoy theatre, cinema, cricket, golf and amateur dramatics.

Address:  Chester Diocesan Board of Finance, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park,
Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE.  
TEL: 01928 718834 Ext 234 (Mobile 07715 102 519)


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please contact their PA who will be happy to assist.

Pat Pugh - PA to the Archdeacons
Tel: 01928 718834 Ext 258
Office hours Monday – Thursday 8am – 1pm


Additional information below:

Archdeacons Visitation News 2021

Useful Guidelines

Church Warden Training 2021

Visitation Services 2021

Archdeacons' Inspections