The Archdeacon of Chester- The Venerable Dr Michael Gilbertson

Michael Gilbertson was born and brought up in the Stockport area, and educated at Stockport Grammar School and New College Oxford, where he read Modern History. On leaving university, Mike spent nine years as a civil servant in London, in what was then the Department of Trade and Industry, working in a variety of areas of industrial and trade policy, including as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. He trained for the ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham, where he also completed his doctoral research on God and history in the Book of Revelation and in twentieth-century theology.

After ordination, Mike served as a curate in Southwark diocese, before moving back to Durham diocese, where he served for ten years as the Vicar of Stranton, a parish in inner urban Hartlepool, and was Area Dean of Hartlepool for most of that period. He is married to Jenny, a solicitor, and they have two sons, Matthew and Duncan. Mike is a keen jazz pianist who enjoys listening to music, watching sport and cooking. 

Address:  Chester Diocesan Board of Finance, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE. 
T: 07921 040 154 Email:

Follow Archdeacon Mike on Twitter: @mike_gilbertson


The Archdeacon of Macclesfield - The Venerable Jane Proudfoot

Jane was previously the Rector of Grappenhall, Priest in charge of Daresbury, and Rural Dean of Great Budworth in this Diocese. Before becoming a vicar, she was a teacher of Religious Studies at Sandbach and Knutsford high schools, and before then, the first Homelessness officer for Warrington Borough Council. 

She is married to Danny and has two grown-up daughters, Rose and Aphra, and a Red Labrador that sometimes answers to the name of Nell.  A big lover of music, Jane enjoys a broad spectrum of genres, including classical, jazz, musical theatre, and folk. She’s also a regular at the annual Creamfields dance festival in Daresbury where she has been leading ‘We are the Church at Creamfields’ since 2017. 

Address:  Chester Diocesan Board of Finance, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE. 
T: 07707 172 236 Email:

If you wish to book the Archdeacons for services or meetings,
please contact their PA who will be happy to assist.

Laura Howard - PA to the Archdeacon of Chester
Tel: 01928 643435

Deb Toole - PA to the Archdeacon of Macclesfield
Tel: 01928 643420


In the video below, Bishop Mark thanks Churchwardens for their work



13 July 2024: Training for New Churchwardens 

Presentation Downloads from the day

What is a Churchwarden?

Buildings for Mission

DAC Churchwarden Training

Financial Presentation


12 October 2024: Training for All Churchwardens Book Here
The Archdeacons invite all Churchwardens to a training session to learn what is required in their role. Talks will be given by an Archdeacon and other Diocesan staff.


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