Our Archdeacons

The Diocese is split into a number of geographical areas to help parishes and priests. Archdeacons assist bishops, and each is responsible for an area known as an Archdeaconry. There are four in Lichfield Diocese.

Map showing outline of the four archdeaconries of Lichfield Diocese and key towns

The Venerable Paul Thomas, Archdeacon of Salop


Office:01902 372622

Email: archdeacon.salop@lichfield.anglican.org


The Archdeaconry of Salop, covers the same ground as the Shrewsbury Episcopal Area (overseen by the Bishop of Shrewsbury). For historic reasons, Shropshire is overseen by the Dioceses of Lichfield (in the north) and Hereford (the south). The boundary roughly falls on a north-west to south-east line from Llanyblodwel on the Welsh border to Badger on the Staffordshire border, including Shrewsbury and most of Telford.

Personal Assistant: Mrs Lucy Thomas

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The Venerable Matthew Parker, Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent


Office:01782 663066

Email: archdeacon.stoke@lichfield.anglican.org


The Archdeaconry of Stoke-upon-Trent covers the majority of the historic county of Staffordshire by area including major industrial areas including the city of Stoke and neighbouring Newcastle-under-Lyme, the county town of Stafford, and brewing town of Burton-upon-Trent. It also includes the large and sparsely populated Staffordshire Moorlands.

Personal Assistant: Revd Lucinda Wray-Wear  

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The Venerable Simon Baker, Archdeacon of Lichfield


Office:out-of-hours: 01543 262492

Office:Archdeaconry : 01543 306145

Office:Home office: 01543 262492

Email: archdeacon.lichfield@lichfield.anglican.org


Taking in the middle swathe of Staffordshire, the Archdeaconry of Lichfield includes the ancient capital of Mercia - Tamworth - and the string of former mining towns from Cannock to Brownhills as well as the cathedral city of Lichfield itself.

Personal Assistant: Mrs Sally Churchill

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The Venerable Dr Susan Weller, Archdeacon of Walsall


Mobile:07583 119740

Office:01922 707861

Email: sue.weller@lichfield.anglican.org


The Archdeaconry of Walsall was created in the 1980s, recognising the burgeoning populations of Wolverhampton, Walsall and the Black Country warranted a separate archdeaconry within the Wolverhampton Episcopal Area.

Personal Assistant: Mr Dave Blake

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