The Parish of the Upper Skerne

is seeking and praying for both a Rector (full time) and a Team Vicar (half time).

We welcome applications from anyone who will be as excited as we are about seeing people of all ages come to a living and life-transforming faith in the communities we serve here, a few miles south of Durham.

Our new Rector and Team Vicar will help us develop the mission and ministry of the parish, working with a committed team of lay people and retired clergy, to enable us take the living Christ into our communities and ensure that there is a Christian presence in all aspects of community life.

 The successful applicants for both posts will be team players, good communicators, able to work across of mixture of traditions, and committed to developing lay ministry and work among children and youth.


We should also mention … this just happens to be a really great place to live too!

For more information or an informal conversation, please contact Ven Rick Simpson on: 01325 480444 / [email protected]

  • Closing Date: 7th September
  • Interviews: 18th September


Additional Details

The vision of the Diocese is ‘Blessing our communities in Jesus’ name for the transformation of us all’. Within this, the three core priorities are Growing the Church, Children and Young People and Poverty. These are outlined and expressed in the Diocesan Plan on a page-2018 Final Version

Supporting Documentation

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The full role descriptions can be downloaded here:


Diocesan Plan-on-a-page

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If you are interested in this exciting role where there are also huge opportunities to nurture, encourage and enable the wider ministry and mission of the Church we want to hear from you.