Great Saughall, Backford & Capenhurst

We are seeking to appoint a Priest-in-Charge to lead three neighbouring semi-rural parishes to the north of the ancient city of Chester: the benefice of All Saints Great Saughall, and the benefice of St Oswald’s Backford and Holy Trinity Capenhurst. This is an exciting challenge requiring strategic and missional leadership, bringing together three parishes which have not worked together in this particular grouping before. There are vital opportunities for community outreach through three church primary schools. The three parishes are of central church tradition and are fully supportive of the ordained ministry of both women and men. The priest-in-charge will live in the well-appointed vicarage at Great Saughall.

Individual profiles and fact sheets for the three parishes can be found by following the links below. Taking the needs of the three parishes together, we are seeking a priest who is committed to mission and church growth and able to help the parishes to be effective in outreach to their communities;

  • can help the congregations reach younger generations, for example by developing stronger links with the three church schools; 
  • can work with the congregations to develop church life in new ways, working strategically to meet changing challenges while at the same time nurturing existing traditions;
  • will be an encouraging and energising presence in our churches and communities;
  • will love the people with a pastor’s heart;
  • will help the parishes tackle effectively the question of stewardship and giving.


Closing date for applications:   1 November 2017    Interviews:   27 November 2017

Prospective applicants are welcome to discuss the post with:

The Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson, Archdeacon of Chester

01928 718834 ext 258


Saughall - Parish Fact Sheet

Saughall - Parish Profile

Backford - Parish Fact Sheet

Backford - Parish Profile

Capenhurst - Parish Fact Sheet

Capenhurst - Parish Profile

Application Form