The role of Warden of Readers in the Diocese of York is passing from the Ven Sam Rushton, Archdeacon of York, to the Ven Dr Amanda Bloor, Archdeacon of Cleveland (pictured).

The Warden of Readers is both a leader and an advocate for the unique ministry of Readers in the Diocese, who are lay people with theological and practical training, holding the Archbishop's Licence to teach, preach and minister in parishes.

Sam Rushton has been a Warden of Readers for ten years, taking the post over with that of Archdeacon of Cleveland in 2010, and having served in the same role in the Diocese of Bristol before that.

"It has always been a source of joy and encouragement to work with the Reader family," she says in a letter addressed to all Readers.

"I will miss you enormously."

Amanda Bloor became Archdeacon of Cleveland earlier this year after Sam Rushton moved to become Archdeacon of York in October 2019. As well as serving as a parish priest, Amanda has worked as a Bishop's Chaplain and a Director of Ordinands in the Dioceses of Oxford and Portsmouth, and has undertaken research into the wellbeing of those in church ministry.

"Over the years, in parish ministry and in specialist roles, it’s been my privilege to work alongside some wonderful Readers and Licensed Lay Ministers and some hugely faithful people exploring a calling to become a Reader," says Amanda in her own letter.

"I hope that as Covid restrictions ease, there will be opportunities to meet you all, but until then, know that I am always ready to offer help, advice and support. Do get in touch, do let me know how things are with you, and do pray for me as I take up this role, as I will pray for you."

The Ven Dr Amanda Bloor has been invited by Archbishop Stephen to take up the role of Warden of Readers in the Diocese of York on the 1st December.