Appointment of the Archdeacon of Boston
(Archdeaconry scheme pending)
The Bishop of Lincoln is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Justine Allain Chapman as Archdeacon of Boston.
Justine comes to the Diocese of Lincoln from the South East Institute for Theological Education where she is Vice Principal and Director of Practical Theology.
Having been a Head of Religious Studies in a North London Secondary School, Justine trained for ordination at Lincoln Theological College and then ministered for ten years in the Diocese of Southwark as a Curate and as a Vicar.
Speaking of her appointment, Justine said: "I am delighted to be taking up this new role as archdeacon and with a focus on developing our Christian discipleship across the whole diocese.
"Enabling deeper discipleship has been a passion of mine as a parish priest and as a teacher preparing people for ministry, ordained and lay, and so to come to the Diocese of Lincoln in this new phase of its life is a challenging and exciting prospect."
Justine's own particular research has been in how people can be strengthened as human beings and as Christians through the experience of adversity. She has written a book about this called Resilient Pastors: the role of adversity in Healing and Growth which was published last year.
Justine and her husband Thomas will be returning to an area they have lived in as students and which their four children have often come to visit their grandparents. Justine enjoys swimming, yoga and cooking for family and friends. A member of a book group, she particularly enjoys reading detective fiction reportedly because - unlike life and ministry - all the loose ends get tied up.
The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: "I and my colleagues are delighted to have been able to appoint someone of Justine's considerable talent, experience and ability to this important new post, the work of which will touch the lives of Christians across the Diocese of Lincoln."
Justine and her family will move to Welbourn over the summer, and she will be installed in Lincoln Cathedral in September.