New arrival at Norwich Cathedral

17 December 2015
We've recently welcomed a new member of clergy to Norwich Cathedral. Keith James' newly created position will see him working with clergy across the Diocese of Norwich, as well as as here at the Cathedral, in the role of Continuing Ministerial Development Officer.
A picture of the Reverend Canon Keith James
Our newest recruit, Keith James, has been settling into his new role as Continuing Ministerial Development Officer and Residentiary Canon here at Norwich Cathedral.

Keith’s new position means that he will be working in and around the Diocese of Norwich dividing his time between the Cathedral and the Diocese. His job is to resource those in licensed ministry so that their ministries can flourish. He will be supporting them with the practicalities of ministry and the inner demands of a life that are particular to clergy, whilst also making sure that they are aware of developments in thinking about ministry, mission and theology. 

Some of Keith’s time will be spent out and about across the Diocese getting to know people, whilst he will also organise and run events and courses. He will act as a go-between for clergy and other Dioceses nationally, providing training resources and retreat options.

Keith’s role will also see him attending Morning Prayer at the Cathedral on most days, as well as Sunday services, sharing in the leadership of worship and prayer. He is also part of the Chapter, which oversees the life of the Cathedral.

Keith was previously based in Bewdley, Worcestershire, where he was Rector of Ribbesford, Bewdley, Dowles and Wribbenhall for eleven years. He is married to Linda and they have three children, Imogen and Samuel, who are both currently studying at universities across the country, and Toby who is living and working in Nottingham.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the life of the Church in ways that are new to me, supporting the ministry of clergy and the Cathedral. Both will ask questions of me which will be different and challenging and I am looking forward to learning how to respond”, said Keith.

“I am also looking forward to getting to know the people and places of Norfolk and Norwich, a part of the world that is unfamiliar to me.”

To get in touch with Keith please email