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Kathryn Fitzsimons

Kathryn Fitzsimons

Anglican Vicar

Kathryn was brought up in Richmond, trained as a teacher and taught French and Music for several years in Northumberland before becoming mother to Christopher and Rachel. A move to Harrogate in 1984 took the family to Christchurch where she encouraged her to explore ordination

Ordained Deacon in 1990 she served as an NSM curate at St. John’s Bilton. Kathryn began work for the Board for Social Responsibility in 1992. A commitment to working with people on the edge of society and church encouraged her to remain a deacon in the church

In 1999, she was appointed Urban Officer in the Mission Resourcing Team of the former diocese of Ripon & Leeds. In this role she worked with various congregations in the more deprived areas of Leeds as they explored their mission in their context. She worked alongside Leeds City Council and Third Sector organisations as they tried to work for the Common Good in the city. From 2010-13 she chaired a new alliance of third sector forums – Third Sector Leeds – which enabled the voluntary, community and faith groups to have a more consistent voice in the strategic leadership of the city

She is an honorary Canon of Ripon Cathedral and a member of the General Synod of the Church of England

She has an MA in Urban Theology from Leeds University

She was ordained priest in 2013 and was delighted to be made Priest in Charge of the Church of the Epiphany, Gipton in 2014. She is looking forward to also being part of the Methodist – Anglican Partnership in Oakwood

13 Jan 2015

Following a change of status Kathryn is now Anglican Vicar of both Church of the Epiphany and Oakwood Church

27 Nov 2016