The Revd Canon Anne Gell, vicar of St Peter’s Wrecclesham and Area Dean of Farnham will be the next Archdeacon of Wells and Residentiary Canon of Wells Cathedral. She will take up her appointment after Easter.
Commenting on the appointment, the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, said: “It is with great joy that I announce Anne’s appointment. She is coming to the diocese at an exciting time and will bring warmth and enthusiasm, pastoral skills and prayerfulness to this post. Anne is a wise and experienced parish priest and Area Dean with a deep desire to support the flourishing of all God’s people. As the next Archdeacon of Wells she will be involved in helping benefices, schools and chaplaincies in living and sharing the good news of Jesus.”
As well as having responsibility for the effective operation of the archdeaconry and its lay and ordained ministers, Anne will also take on the role of a Residentiary Canon at Wells Cathedral and will be a member of the Bishop’s Staff, who support the Bishop of Bath and Wells in leading the diocese.
Anne said: “I feel very privileged and deeply humbled to have been appointed as Archdeacon of Wells and Residentiary Canon of Wells Cathedral, and look forward to being able to serve, and to support and enable ministry, in both those roles. It is an exciting prospect to be joining Bishop Peter’s staff team and the Cathedral Chapter at a time of renewed energy and vision, and to be helping to encourage and resource the outworking of that vision in parishes, schools and chaplaincies.
“I will, of course, be very sad to leave my current parish and colleagues and friends both there and in the wider Diocese of Guildford. But I’m very much looking forward to moving to Somerset and getting to know the people and parishes of the Wells archdeaconry and the Cathedral community.”
The Right Reverend Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford said: “Anne will be greatly missed here in Guildford, where her warmth, wisdom and pastoral gifts have been hugely appreciated. She will make an outstanding Archdeacon of Wells, and we wish her and Simon God's richest blessing as they move”.
Before her ordination in 2001, Anne read Mathematics at the University of Oxford before training in Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She then worked as a doctor in London, Aylesbury and Guildford working towards a career in General Practice. Her vocation to ordained ministry emerged within a broader understanding of healing and wholeness and of God’s calling to a ministry supporting the growth and flourishing of individuals and communities. Anne is married to Simon and they have three adult children.
The Dean of Wells, the Very Revd Dr John Davies said: “The Chapter will be delighted to welcome Anne and her family into the life and ministry of the Cathedral at Wells. She brings with her a rich variety of experience, including knowledge of Cathedral ministry through her role as an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral. It will be very good to welcome her after Easter.”