Manchester has a new Archdeacon.
Fifty four year old Revd. Karen Lund will take up the post in May and becomes the first black female to be appointed Archdeacon in the northern province of the Church of England.
Karen came to the Diocese of Manchester from Chelmsford Diocese when she was appointed Team Vicar in the Turton Moorland Team in Bolton in 2014. Since then she has taken a lead in the diocese on raising awareness and training senior staff on unconscious bias, and has represented the diocese at events and conferences.
The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, said “I’m delighted that Karen has accepted my invitation to be the next Archdeacon of Manchester. She is a person of great warmth and empathy, combined with the resilience necessary for the demands of the role. She brings a strong grasp of the key theological and missional issues facing the Church and has a real commitment to the challenge of growth. The people and parishes of her archdeaconry and beyond will find her a good and true friend, one who will journey with them in taking the risks and rising to the opportunities that God sets before us.”
Karen said, “I feel enormously privileged to be taking up the role as the next Archdeacon of Manchester. I am completely delighted about my appointment, and look forward to meeting the people and clergy of the Archdeaconry and being part of the Bishop’s Team.
“I look forward to becoming established in my role and continuing the work of Christ in loving service to all, and maintaining our diocesan values, to lovingly nurture others, labour for growth in God’s church, be of service, and celebrate the fruits of mission in God’s Kingdom.”
Karen is married to Richard. She has one son. Her interests include nutrition (she is a dietary Vegan), bird watching and walking. She also enjoys music and particularly playing her flute and guitar.