|In office 15 March 2009–present|
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
Name Jan McFarlane
Predecessor Clifford Offer
|Other posts Diocesan Director of Communications (1999–present)|
Birth name Janet Elizabeth McFarlane
Alma mater University of Sheffield, Durham University, St John's College, Durham
Janet Elizabeth "Jan" McFarlane (born 25 November 1964) is a British Church of England bishop and former Speech and Language Therapist. She has been the Bishop of Repton (the suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Derby) since her consecration as a bishop on 29 June 2016. She was previously Diocesan Director of Communications in the Diocese of Norwich from 1999 and Archdeacon of Norwich from 2009.
Early life and education
Jan McFarlane was born on 25 November 1964 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. She was educated at Blythe Bridge High School, a state secondary school in Blythe Bridge near Stoke-on-Trent. She studied at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) degree in 1987. She then worked as a Speech Therapist in the National Health Service and lived in North Staffordshire. She specialised in teaching deaf children to speak.
Having been selected for ordination, Jan McFarlane underwent a number of years of formation. She studied theology at St John's College, Durham, and graduated from the University of Durham with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1992. She then underwent a further year of training at Cranmer Hall, Durham, an open evangelical Anglican theological college, completing a Diploma in Ministry (DipMin) in 1993.
McFarlane was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1993 at Lichfield Cathedral. From 1993 to 1994, she served as parish deacon in the Stafford Team Ministry in the Diocese of Lichfield. She was ordained as a priest in 1994. She was one of the first female priests as 1994 was the first year that the Church of England ordained women to the priesthood. From 1994 to 1996, she remained in the Stafford to serve her curacy as part of the Stafford Team Ministry. From 1996 to 1999, she was a chaplain and minor canon of Ely Cathedral in the Diocese of Ely.
In 1999, she moved to the Diocese of Norwich to take up the appointment of Diocesan Director of Communications. From 2001 to 2009, she was additionally chaplain to Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich. She was selected as the next Archdeacon of Norwich in 2008. On 15 March 2009, she was installed as Archdeacon in Norwich Cathedral. Upon her appointment, she became one of only nine female archdeacons out of a total of 112 in the Church of England and the first in her diocese. From 2015, she also served as Warden of Readers for the diocese.
Jan McFarlane was first elected to the General Synod of the Church of England in 2005. She is a supporter of the ordination of women as bishops. She was a member of the General Synod that approved the consecration of women to the episcopate.
On 26 February 2016, Jan McFarlane was announced as the next Bishop of Repton, suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Derby. She was consecrated a bishop by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, on 29 June 2016. She was welcomed into the Diocese of Derby as Bishop of Repton on 7 September 2016, during service at Derby Cathedral.
In 2004, McFarlane married Andrew Ridoutt. Her husband works as a television cameraman.
In February 2014, McFarlane was diagnosed with breast cancer. As part of her treatment, she underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She shared her story with a local newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, and "urged other cancer patients to not hide away from the disease".