Elizabeth Snowden

The Venerable
Elizabeth Snowden
Archdeacon of Chelmsford
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Chelmsford
In office 2016 to present
Predecessor David Lowman
Ordination 2001 (deacon)
2002 (priest)
Personal details
Birth name Elizabeth Hall
Born 1958 (age 5758)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Geoff Snowden
Children Four
Alma mater Plymouth Polytechnic
London Institute of Education
Queen's College, Birmingham
University of Birmingham

Elizabeth Snowden (née Hall; born 1958) is a British Anglican priest and former school teacher. Since March 2016, she has been Archdeacon of Chelmsford in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Early life and education

Snowden was born Elizabeth Hall in 1958.[1] She studied geography at Plymouth Polytechnic, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1979.[1][2] She then trained as a teacher at the London Institute of Education and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 1980.[1] She then taught geography and economics at a secondary school.[2]

In 1998, Snowden entered Queen's College, Birmingham, an ecumenical theological college in Birmingham, to train for ordination.[1] During this time she also studied theology at the University of Birmingham, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 2001.[2][1]

Ordained ministry

Snowden was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 2001 and as a priest in 2002.[1] From 2001 to 2004, she served her curacy at Christ Church, Burntwood in the Diocese of Lichfield.[1] In May 2004, she was appointed Resident Minister of Clayhanger Holy Trinity, a church plant that worships in a building of Holy Trinity School in Clayhanger, West Midlands, and also became Youth Work Coordinator for the Parish of St James, Brownhills.[2][3][4]

In 2010, Snowden was appointed priest-in-charge of the Benefice of Bestwood Emmanuel with St Mark in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.[1] The following year, in 2011, she was made Vicar of the benefice.[1] From 2013, she was also Area Dean of Nottingham North.[1] During this time she worked closely four other parishes the Bestwood area including two Methodist-Anglican local ecumenical partnerships.[2]

In December 2015, Snowden was announced as the next Archdeacon of Chelmsford in the Diocese of Chelmsford.[2] On 13 March 2016, she was collated and installed as Archdeacon during a service at Chelmsford Cathedral.[2][5] The Archdeaconry of Chelmsford covers the Deaneries of Brentwood, Chelmsford North, Chelmsford South, and Maldon and Dengie.[2]

Personal life

Snowden is married to Geoff and she has four children.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Elizabeth Snowden". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 2 August 2016. (subscription required)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "New Archdeacon of Chelmsford appointed". Diocese of Chelmsford. Church of England. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. "Church news". The Times. 3 May 2004. Archived from the original on 14 June 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. "Clayhanger Holy Trinity Worship Centre, Clayhanger". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  5. Chelmsford Diocese [@chelmsdio] (12 March 2016). "Revd Elizabeth Snowden will be installed as the new Archdeacon of Chelmsford @CCathedral tomorrow at 3.30pm. All welcome!" (Tweet) via Twitter.
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