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New Warden of Cranmer Hall

(2 August 2004)

Reverend Canon Anne Dyer, Ministry Development Officer in the Diocese of Rochester, has been appointed as the new Warden of Cranmer Hall, St.John's College, Durham.

Canon Dyer, 46, was born in Yorkshire. She succeeds Dr.Steve Croft.

Cranmer Hall trains men and women for ministry in the Church of England and offers a wide range of courses for clergy and lay people. It works closely with the Wesley Study Centre and Ushaw College, Durham.

Canon Dyer took a degree in Chemistry at St.Anne's College, Oxford and worked as a Business Systems Analyst with Unilever. She then studied Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and King's College, London.

She held parish and chaplaincy appointments in Beckenham and Chatham and for ten years was a centre leader for the programme supporting the development of authorised and lay ministries in Rochester diocese. In 1993 she was appointed Associate Adviser in Evangelism (Rochester) before moving to her present post 6 years ago.

She is now responsible for directing an integrated programme of ministerial education for all curates in their first four years of ministry validated to Masters level with Christ Church Canterbury University College.

In addition to being Bishop's Officer for Ordained Women, she currently is Assistant Editor of Anvil, a Bishop's Selector and a member of Wycliffe College Council.

Mrs Dyer is married to Roger, a parish priest, and they have one daughter. She cites amongst her interests and hobbies, 19th century women's history and spirituality, art (pre-renaissance, modern and folk), current affairs, gardening and making quilts.

Professor Stephen Sykes, Principal of St.John's College, said: "Anne's appointment is enormously welcome to us and consolidates our commitment to excellence in learning and teaching for a church in mission."

Pictures of Canon Dyer are available on request

For further information please contact: Revd Rob Marshall at the College Media office on 01274 599622 (24 hours) robmarshall@aol.com

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