Rev. Canon Rachel Mann has been appointed as the first transgender archdeacon of the Church of England. She has served in the Diocese of Manchester for the past 18 years and has now been appointed as the Archdeacon of Bolton and Salford. Canon Rachel Mann is also recognized as an author and radio commentator. She began her ministry as a curate at St. Matthew’s Church in Stretford and subsequently served as Priest-in-Charge and Rector at the Church of St. Nicholas in Burnage. In June 2021, she transitioned to the position of Area Dean of Bury and Rossendale. Rt. Rev. David Walker, the Bishop of Manch, has expressed his delight while announcing her appointment.
Premier Christian News reports:
The Church of England has appointed its first transgender archdeacon.
Rev Canon Rachel Mann has been made Archdeacon of Bolton and Salford, having ministered in the Diocese of Manchester for the last 18 years.
Canon Rachel, who is also an author and radio commentator, served her curacy at St Matthew’s Church,?Stretford?before taking on the role of?Priest-in-Charge?and later Rector at the?Church of St Nicholas, Burnage. In June 2021, she left St Nicholas Burnage to take on the role of Area Dean?of Bury and Rossendale.
Announcing her appointment, the Bishop of Manchester Rt Rev David Walker said:
“I’m delighted that Rachel has agreed to be the next Archdeacon of Salford and Bolton. In her two years as full time Area Dean for the Bury and Rossendale Deanery, she has shown how she can care for and support her clergy and church officers across the breadth of Anglican tradition, whilst providing clear leadership in the mission goals set out in our Vision and Strategy.
“Her personal gifts, including as a writer, poet, liturgist and broadcaster, will combine with her new responsibilities, to help the people of this generation know and love Jesus Christ.”
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