Meet a New Archdeacon of Tonbridge

On Sunday afternoon (24 September 2017) the Rev Canon Julie Conalty was collated as an Archdeacon of Tonbridge at Tonbridge Parish church. Prior to the service Julie said: ‘I am really looking forward to getting to know the people of Tonbridge Archdeaconry and to taking on this challenging role at such an exciting time in the life of our Diocese’.

Julie first experienced a call to ordained ministry in her teens. After a Biblical Studies degree, as women could not become priests, the question was ‘what to do next?’. So she worked with the homeless and then began a career in the Probation Service.

Eventually, Julie trained for ordination with the South East Institute of Theological Education, was ordained deacon in 1999 and priest in 2000. Her training parish was in Southwark Diocese and she was initially self-supporting while continuing her secular work – by then a management role in London Probation Area. Subsequently, she worked for the Youth Justice Board before becoming National Manager of a resettlement project and then a Service Manager for a Local Authority. She also founded a consultancy partnership and somewhere amidst all of that found the time to study for an MA in Applied Theology.

In 2010, Julie bit the bullet and transferred to Stipendiary Ministry, giving up her ‘day job’ and taking up a post in a newly formed United Benefice in south east London.

Julie came to Rochester Diocese in 2012. She was vicar of Christ Church, Erith, the Bishop’s Advisor for the Ministry of Ordained Women and Area Dean of Erith.

She is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England.

We are all looking forward working with Julie and wishing a fruitful ministry in her new role.

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