How is the Deanery organised, and what is it for?

As subdivisions of the Diocese, the Deaneries are one of the ways in which we can communicate with the Bishops and Archdeacons and they with us. he structures are intended to make good communication, so that we share common aims and can move forward together.

These are the structures around the Deanery:

Structure of the Church of England & the Ilminster Deanery

  • Ilminster Deanery is in Taunton Archdeaconry with Archdeacon the Venerable Simon Hill
  • Our Bishops are Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells
  • and Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, Suffragan Bishop of Taunton.
  • The Cathedral Church of St Andrew is in Wells.

Three times each year we have a Deanery meeting (Synod), to share ideas and information. Anyone is welcome to come to these meetings, and the elected parish representatives can vote on any matters of Deanery business.

The Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group (DMPG) meets regularly to work on new initiatives. At the moment the biggest project is an application for a Youth Pioneer Missioner, based in Chard and Ilminster.

The licensed clergy of the Deanery form a Chapter and meet monthly for support and planning.


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Our Deanery Logo is of a dove - a symbol of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Amidst all the organisation and the day to day work of running parishes, we remember that it is God who gives us grace and is the source of all we have been given. We are looking to see where the Spirit moves and to find out how we will follow.

Deanery Meeting

The next Synod meeting is on Thursday February 27th at the Minster Rooms next to the Minster in Ilminster, at 7pm for coffee and the start of the meeting at 7.30. Revd. Andy Grey the Diocesan Advisor on Faith Sharing and Enabling is giving a talk. Do join us.

Map of the Ilminster Deanery


Who's Who in the Ilminster Deanery?

Area Dean: Revd Judith Abbott -

Assistant Area Dean: Revd Philip Butcher -

Assistant Area Dean: Revd Ann Kember -

Lay Dean: Greg Hoare -

Secretary: Sue George -

Treasurer: Sue Luty-Wells -

Accompanier: Revd Jane Chamberlain -

Revd Deborah Perreau -


Benefices and Parishes of the Ilminster Deanery

Benefice & Parish weblinks etc.

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