Churchwardens are parish lay officials in the Church of England. Holders of these positions are leading members of the parish board, the Parochial Church Council (PCC). It is usually a voluntary position for which the rights and responsibilities are laid down by Church Law.

The office of Churchwarden is one of the earliest forms of recognised lay ministry. As far back as the 13th century Churchwardens were custodians of the fabric and furniture of the Church. Even today, they are the legal guardians of the church’s moveable furniture, plates and ornaments of which they are required to keep an accurate and up-to-date inventory.

To discuss this in more details, please contact:


The Revd Canon Jenny Tomlinson

Archdeacon of Birmingham

0121 426 0441

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The Ven Simon Heathfield

Archdeacon of Aston

0121 426 0437

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