Deanery Leadership Team:
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Area Dean: Diane Cooksey
Born in the Black Country, I grew up in Netherton where I was a chorister for many years before developing a living faith in Jesus in my early 20s. I served as a churchwarden for six years and as the Lay Chair of Dudley Deanery from 2005-2009 before leaving teaching to train for ordination.
I have served in the parish of St Nicholas, Warndon since 2014 and have been part of the DDO team since 2016. I consider it a privilege to be the Area Dean of Worcester and I look forward to visiting parishes across the Deanery in due course. I have a desire to see the Deanery become a real network of churches supporting each other and enabling growth through more collaborative ministry.
For relaxation I enjoy gardening and learning the piano, and until recently had a pet tarantula for 17 years called Doris. I hope to replace her soon with a few more spiderlings who could be with me for many years to come!
Lay Chair: Robert Pearce
Hello! I have lived in Broadwas for the past 25 years and have been a Churchwarden in the Parish of The Lower Teme Valley for a significant proportion of that time. From 2010 until the recent changes in the Diocesan Governance structure came into operation, I was also Chair of the Diocesan Parsonages Committee.
In becoming Lay Chair, my hope is that the new Deanery can find a role that is beyond being merely another layer of Church of England bureaucracy and can provide support both to our Parish Clergy and to the wider communities that we all serve.
Deanery Secretary: Paul Fulbrook
Born the younger child of missionaries in the Belgian Congo I came to Europe at a young age. I moved to Evesham as a teenager leaving school there and joining West Mercia Constabulary. I retired in 2002 after 33 years. Now fully retired after a second career, I have many voluntary activities one of which is Worcester Area Deanery Synod Secretary. I hope to encourage a spirit of unity in the Deanery and will endeavour to support the Leadership Team and our Area Dean.
Since 1990 I have travelled from Hereford to Durham, Lichfield and now to the Diocese of Worcester where I moved to marry Andrew in 2004. In summary: FIVE clergy chapters, FOUR Deaneries, THREE Diocesan Synods, TWO parishes as incumbent (during a major deanery reorganisation) and one school chaplaincy. I have served on a variety of Diocesan Boards including Education, Social Responsibility, Parsonages (twice) and the Criminal Justice Affairs Group (current), volunteered at a couple of hospices, worked on a community regeneration project, trained as an independent domestic violence advocate and worked with the Youth Offending team. I now work (part time as I head towards retirement) in my fourth prison. I hope some of this experience may be useful as we look for a new way to ‘do deanery’. A former Harley pillion rider and choral singer, I enjoy pottery, chocolate, and Covid-willing making a herb garden and horse riding.
List of Churches in Worcester Deanery:
(You can find contact details for all parishes on our 'Find a Church' page)
- Claines: St John the Baptist
- Droitwich: St Augustine, Dodderhill
- Droitwich: St Andrew w St Mary de Witton
- Droitwich: St Nicholas
- Droitwich: St Peter
- Martin Hussingtree: St Michael & All Angels
- Salwarpe: St Michael
- Grimley: St Bartholomew
- Hallow: St Philip & St James
- Holt: St Martin
- Worcester: St John in Bedwardine
- Alfrick: St Mary Magdalene
- Broadwas: St Mary Magdalene
- Clifton-on-Teme: St Kenelm
- Cotheridge: St Leonard
- Leigh: St Edburgha
- Bransford: St John the Baptist
- Lower Sapey: St Bartholomew
- Martley: St Peter
- Shelsley Beauchamp: All Saints
- Shelsley Walsh: St Andrew
- Suckley: St John the Baptist
- Wichenford: St Lawrence
- Knightwick Chapel
- Warndon: St Nicholas
- Whittington: St Philip & St James
- Worcester: Holy Trinity & St Matthew
- Worcester: St Mark in the Cherry Orchard
- Worcester: St Martin w St Peter
- Crown East, Rushwick: St Thomas
- Worcester: St Michael
- Worcester: St Barnabas
- Tolladine: Christ Church
- Lower Broadheath: Christ Church
- Worcester: St Clement
- Comer Gardens: St David's
- Worcester: St Stephen
- Worcester: St Wulstan
- Worcester: St George w St Mary Magdalene
- Worcester: St Martin in the Cornmarket
- Worcester: St Nicholas & All Saints