Vicar/Priest in Charge

Vicar of St Helen’s Witton (Northwich) and Priest-in-Charge of St John’s Lostock Gralam

A major new strategic opportunity in mission and ministry in the town of Northwich.


We are seeking an energetic and mission-focused priest to lead these two parishes into a new phase of their life. The successful applicant will be a collaborative leader, able to encourage others in discipleship and mission. They will be committed to growing strong links with the community, including our schools. They will work with the congregations to reach younger generations with the gospel.

St Helen’s Witton is a prominent medieval church in the heart of the town. St John’s Lostock Gralam is a neighbouring parish with historic links to St Helen’s. The two parishes were previously served by a full-time priest at St Helen’s and a part-time priest at St John’s. This arrangement could have continued, but seizing the challenge of reaching younger generations with the gospel, the two PCCs have come together, with the support of the diocese, to reconfigure the ministry in this part of the town. We are looking to recruit a full-time priest to oversee the ministry across the two parishes, plus a new full-time lay minister working among younger generations. The resources are in place to sustain both posts. The incoming priest will work with the two PCCs to refine the exact role description for the lay minister and lead in that recruitment process.

The incoming priest will lead a very significant ministerial team across the two parishes. In addition to the younger generations minister mentioned above, there are also the following licensed colleagues:

·         a part-time self-supporting ordained Associate Minister based at St Helen’s (the Revd Jane Millinchip);

·         a training curate (Debbie Dalby, currently the Director of Social Responsibility in the Diocese of Chester) arriving at Petertide 2019, on a self-supporting basis for her first   year, becoming full-time stipendiary upon priesting in 2020. Until an incumbent is appointed, Debbie will be supervised by Jane Millinchip;

·         very active authorised lay ministry in both parishes.

St Helen’s Witton is Modern Catholic St John’s Lostock is Central in tradition. The incoming priest will live in the spacious and well-appointed vicarage at Witton.


Closing date for applications:     Wednesday 3 July 2019               

Interviews:            Friday 19 July 2019   

Witton Parish Profile 

Witton Parish Fact Sheet

Witton Annual Report

Background of promising future

Brief history of St Helen's Witton

Lostock Gralam Parish Profile

Lostock Gralam Fact Sheet

Lostock Gralam Accounts

Lostock Gralam Statistics for Mission

Application form


Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:

The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester

Tel: 01928 718834 ext 253 or email


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