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Cathedral Clergy

The Dean and Residentiary Canons of the Cathedral


The Dean of BlackburnThe Very Rev'd Christopher Armstrong, Dean of Blackburn, was appointed in November 2001, having previously served as Vicar of St. Martin's Scarborough. The Dean is responsible (with the Chapter: see separate page) for the overall direction and management of the Cathedral, & the pastoral care of the congregations and for our partnership with the Diocese and the wider community. 

Canon Andrew HindleyCanon Andrew Hindley, is the Canon Sacrist, whose chief responsibility is to plan all worship held in the Cathedral, and to work with the Director of Music and the choirs in co-ordinating the musical content of services and events. Canon Hindley takes day to day responsibility for the care of the Cathedral fabric. In addition, he is a director of Blackburn Cathedral Developments, representing the Development Company and the Cathedral Chapter on the core group team focusing on delivering the new Cathedral Close. Appointed in 1996, he was previously the Rector of St. Wilfrid's, Ribchester and the Diocesan Advisor for Leisure and Tourism. 

 Canon Dr Susan PenfoldCanon Susan Penfold, is the Diocesan Director of Ministry and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral. She holds a doctorate in Biochemistry, and an MA in Theology. Ordained in 1984, her most recent appointment was as the Diocese of Wakefield’s Director of Ordinands.


Canon Dr Ian StocktonCanon Dr Ian Stockton, as Canon Chancellor has responsibility for the Cathedral as a place of learning, hospitality and care. His role covers the Cathedral’s educational programme for all ages, fostering theological reflection and growth in discipleship, developing pastoral care offered through the Cathedral community, supporting the ministry to visitors, including school groups, and engaging with the arts and other disciplines in interpretation and exhibitions.
Canon Stockton’s wide experience includes working as Lincoln Diocese’s Ministry Course Principal and most recently as the first Team Rector of Monkwearmouth in Sunderland, where he took a major role in the Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage Status bid. His doctorate was a cross-disciplinary study of patterns of training for ordained and lay ministry. He has written a number of theological articles out of pastoral and educational settings, workbooks and study courses, and is committed both to contextual theology and to encouraging creative collaborative partnerships.
Canon Dr Shannon Ledbetter, is currently the Community Canon for the cathedral where she develops projects with the wider community and is the Chaplain to Blackburn College. She also manages the groundbreaking exChange project at the cathedral, which engages in a wide range of interfaith and community work.

Her past experience includes promoting Britain to the American media for the British Tourist Authority, lecturing in Theology at Liverpool Hope University and working in the regeneration of North Liverpool with Liverpool Football Club for Liverpool City Council. She is also the Founder and Chairs the Board of the Northwest based affiliate of the international housing charity, Habitat for Humanity.
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