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Published: 10 Apr 2016   updated: 03 May 2016

Bishop Stephen has appointed the Reverend Canon Dr Jessica Martin to be a Residentiary Canon at Ely Cathedral.

Jessica's particular responsibility will be for outreach and education in addition to spending time working within the Diocesan Ministry team supporting the work of Initial Ministerial Education.

Jessica is already an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral and is well known within the Diocese as the Bishop's Advisor in Women's Ministry as well as priest-in-charge of Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton parish where she has considerable experience within schools. Before ordination Jessica was a Fellow and College Lecturer in English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge and is in much demand as a speaker and writer*.

Jessica is an accomplished amateur musician (oboe, piano and singing) and is married to Francis Spufford, a literary award winning writer and senior lecturer at Goldsmith's College, London. Francis' recent book, Unapologetic, has been shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey prize. Francis was recently elected as a lay member of the General Synod for the Ely Dioceses. They have two daughters, of whom the youngest, Theodora (10), will be moving with them to Ely. Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely, is delighted with the appointment. "I am very excited that Jessica will be joining us later in the year. She comes with strong pastoral and academic credentials and is a hugely respected priest in the diocese."

Following close on the heels of Canon Vicky Johnson, Jessica is the second female residentiary Canon to be appointed to Ely. On 20 June Jessica will be giving a lecture as part of the Cathedral summer series, Visions of a Future Church, and she will be formally installed by the Bishop of Ely at Evensong on Saturday 10 September.

*Jessica has co-edited with Professor Sarah Coakley and written two chapters of a book to be published this year For God's Sake; Re-imagining Prayer and Priesthood in the Church of England; her prologue 'Holiness and Desire' to the Report of Bishops' Working Party on Human Sexuality (2013) was very well received.