The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has today announced this appointment.
is currently Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity Bembridge on the Isle of
Wight and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of
Portsmouth. Ordained in 2004, she has previously served as Chaplain and
Diocesan Advisor in Women’s Ministry to the Bishop of Oxford, and as
Area Director of Ordinands for Berkshire. She undertook Doctoral
research in Clergy Wellbeing and has a keen interest in the flourishing
of those engaged in ministry. She is also a Chaplain to the Army Cadet
Force. Amanda is married to Mark and has two grown-up daughters.
Sentamu said: “I very much look forward to welcoming Amanda to the
Diocese of York and especially to her new ministry in the Archdeaconry
of Cleveland. As well as her experience in a bishop’s team, her
research on clergy wellbeing stands her in good stead to support
everyone whose work and calling is to serve others in Jesus’ name.”
Revd Dr Amanda Bloor said: “I’m excited to be moving to the Diocese of
York and joining the team encouraging the vision to be Generous
Churches, Making and Nurturing Disciples. I look forward to getting to
know people and places so that I can join in with the many good things
that God is doing amongst us. I want to support clergy in what can
sometimes feel a lonely or challenging role; we have a message of hope
to offer to a hurting world where many people are searching for
Bishop of Whitby, Paul Ferguson said: “Amanda is a disciple and leader
with special abilities and experience. I warmly look forward to
welcoming her in her ministry as Archdeacon of Cleveland”.
Bishop of Portsmouth, Christopher Foster said: “Amanda’s appointment is
great news for the Cleveland Archdeaconry and the Diocese of York.
While with us in Bembridge she has been an excellent parish priest and
ably supported those, especially from the Isle of Wight, discerning a
possible call to licensed or further ministry. We shall miss her and her
gifts, and Mark as well, but rejoice that the wider church benefits
from her leadership as we seek across the nation to call more people to
love Jesus and to grow the church to build the Kingdom.”
will be collated as Archdeacon of Cleveland at Bishopthorpe Palace on
22 April 2020. She succeeds the Venerable Samantha Rushton, who became
the Archdeacon of York in August 2019.