FORMER Dudley vicar Revd Canon Robert Jones is to be the next Archdeacon of Worcester.

Revd Jones was vicar of St Francis Church in Laurel Road for eight years before moving on to take up other roles within the Diocese of Worcester.

He is currently director of development for the diocese, responsible for training of clergy and laity throughout the diocese.

The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, said: “Robert’s appointment was made with the unanimous recommendation of the advisory group set up to find the next Archdeacon of Worcester. He is a very gifted a well-loved priest who is very mission-minded and fulfils all the criteria of the role.

Revd Jones added: “I am very much looking forward to this new role within the diocese. As director of development, I’ve got to know clergy and laity from all corners of Worcestershire and Dudley and know that there are some great initiatives happening as our churches reach out to their local communities.”

He will be installed in his new role at Worcester Cathedral on Sunday November 16.