The Very Revd Dr Frances E F Ward is married to the Revd Dr Peter Powell who was ordained deacon at Petertide 2018, and is serving his curacy in Workington, Cumbria, where they live. Frankie holds the Bishop’s licence as a theologian in the Diocese of Carlisle.
Frankie has been writing her latest book entitled Full of Character: A Christian Approach to Education for the Digital Age, (forthcoming, to be published by Jessica Kingsley, an imprint of Hachette UK) about what sort of education is needed in a world of increasing automation, that will enable young people to flourish in their humanity, drawing on Christian theology.
From 2010 – 2017 she was the Dean of St Edmundsbury in Suffolk. During this time she was a member of the Church of England’s General Synod, and served as a Trustee of the National Society, the body that has overseen the role of the Church of England in Education since 1811.
From 2006 – 2010 she was a Residentiary Canon at Bradford Cathedral, engaged in building close friendships with Muslims, and developing greater understanding between people of different faiths. This led to a book entitled Fear and Friendship, edited with Sarah Coakley, in 2011.
Frankie was one of the first women to be ordained priest in the Church of England in 1994, serving in the Diocese of Manchester. After her curacy in Westhoughton, she was a theological educator at Luther King House, and then Vicar of St Peter’s Church, Bury, Greater Manchester.
In 2012 she became the chair of the Little Gidding Trust.
In the Autumn of 2018 she will start a PhD at Durham University on Edmund Burke and his debt to Richard Hooker and St Paul, with a view to developing an Anglican response to current populism.
Peter and Frankie have four grown up children – Tilda, married to Al, Jonty, Theo and Hugh.