Interim Minister for Wootton, Dry Sandford and Shippon Benefice (full-time)


St Peter’s, Wootton; St Helen’s, Dry Sandford; and St Mary Magdalene, Shippon

Full-time Interim Minister (three years)


We are three neighbouring parishes working towards becoming a single benefice. Whilst wishing to retain our individuality, we recognise the value of working more closely together.


We are looking to appoint a person who will “Help us grow together” and:

  • lead us into a new way of being church together, embracing the challenges and opportunities, encouraging co-operation and mutual support
  • preach with sensitivity and understanding, communicating in an inclusive and engaging style
  • nurture our spiritual growth and be committed to pastoral care
  • be adaptable, approachable and sensitive to the needs of all ages, developing our work with children, young people and families and deepening relationships with our schools
  • play a visible and active part in our wider communities
  • be a positive and inspirational leader in promoting church giving and fundraising.

We can offer you:

  • three welcoming and caring churches established as focal points in their communities
  • an active and committed support team, including a licenced lay minister, retired clergy, church wardens and PCCs
  • supportive and enthusiastic congregations looking forward to working more closely together
  • a lovely area to work and live just a few miles from the centre of Oxford
  • a large four-bedroom family house with mature gardens of approximately one acre, located in Wootton, close to the school, shops and other local amenities.

For an informal discussion, please contact the Revd Canon David Tyler, associate archdeacon of Dorchester, on 07961 726403 or email

View the Wootton, Dry Sandford and Shippon parish profile, and to apply, please visit Oxford Jobs | Pathways (

If you feel that this might be the right role for you, we look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us by email at if you would like to arrange an informal visit to the churches and parishes.

Closing date: 18.04.21
Interviews: 07.05.21

DBS Enhanced Disclosure is required.