The Venerable Christine Wilson has been appointed the first female Dean of Lincoln Cathedral.
Christine (58) has been Archdeacon of Chesterfield since 2010, where she has developed and delivered strategies for mission, ministry, recruitment, finance and property, and led on a significant project in developing and reshaping the deaneries as a key strategic structure in the mission of the diocese.
“I was thrilled, and a little daunted, to be offered the post of Dean of Lincoln,” she said.
“Recently I have begun to build associations with Lincoln, and the fabulous opportunity to lead a world-class cathedral in inspiring worship, ministry and mission is one that I will, with the help of God, and of the whole community, be delighted to undertake.”
Born and raised in Brighton, Christine worked in financial services before becoming a full-time mother of three daughters.
It was the tragedy of the death to cancer of a close friend – also a young mother – that led Christine to explore a vocation to the priesthood at the age of 34.
She trained on the Southern Diocese Ministerial Training Scheme and was ordained deacon in 1997, and priest in 1998.
In 2008, Christine was appointed Vicar of St Mary and St Lawrence, Goring-by-Sea, and it was during this period that her middle daughter died from cancer.
Within a year of being at Goring-by-Sea, she was recruited as Archdeacon of Chesterfield in 2010.
“Christine comes to us with a rare combination of gifts; she has spiritual depth, a heart for God’s Mission and significant leadership experience,” said The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson.
The Venerable Christine Wilson will be installed Dean at a special service at Lincoln Cathedral on October 22 2016, at 5.30pm.