The Archdeacon of Wells
The Venerable Nicola Sullivan
The archdeacon works with the diocesan bishop and members of his staff in encouraging and serving the ministry and mission of parish churches. Archdeacons have particular responsibility for clergy appointments and their ongoing support, the care of church buildings and their contents, as well as working within the diocesan structures of finance and administration.
There are over 200 parish churches in the Wells archdeaconry, many of which are listed buildings and part of our national heritage. The Archdeacon of Wells ministers with the 85 clergy and nearly 400 churchwardens in developing the diocesan mission strategy, ‘Changing Lives, Changing Churches for Changing Communities’.
The Venerable Nicola Sullivan took up her post as Archdeacon of Wells and Residentiary Canon of Wells Cathedral in April 2007. She was ordained in 1995 at the age of 36 and served her curacy in Norwich before moving back to the west country to become Associate Vicar of Bath Abbey in 1999 and then to Wells as Bishop’s Chaplain and sub Dean of Wells Cathedral in 2002. Her current responsibilities include working with clergy and laity from 200 parishes across Somerset as well as ministry in the Cathedral. Prior to ordination Nicola worked as a nurse and midwife in London, Bristol, and Africa.