First female dean of Lincoln cathedral and the Chancellor steps down from their roles

The first female dean of Lincoln cathedral and the Chancellor have stepped down from their roles.

The Very Rev Christine Wilson and Rev Canon Dr Paul Overend have left their positions ‘for different reasons, connected to one issue’.

In a statement, the cathedral revealed the congregation has been asked to ‘pray for the Dean and her husband’, reports BBC Lincolnshire.

Mrs Wilson, who became dean of Lincoln cathedral in 2016, was the Church of England’s eighth female dean.

Lincoln Cathedral's first female dean, the Very Rev Christine Wilson, pictured, has taken a leave of absence from her role

Lincoln Cathedral's first female dean, the Very Rev Christine Wilson, pictured, has taken a leave of absence from her role

Lincoln Cathedral’s first female dean, the Very Rev Christine Wilson, pictured, has taken a leave of absence from her role

Lincoln cathedral has declined to reveal the reasons behind the two departures, but noted that Mrs Wilson was on a leave of absence and has not left permanently.

A spokesperson for Lincoln cathedral told the BBC: ‘The cathedral community was informed on Sunday that the Dean has taken leave of absence for personal reasons.

‘The congregation was asked to pray for the Dean and her husband.

‘For different reasons, connected to one issue, the Chancellor has also agreed to step back from ministry. We are unable to comment further.’  

Mrs Wilson and Rev Canon Dr Paul Overend have left their positions 'for different reasons, connected to one issue'. Pictured: the cathedral

Mrs Wilson and Rev Canon Dr Paul Overend have left their positions 'for different reasons, connected to one issue'. Pictured: the cathedral

Mrs Wilson and Rev Canon Dr Paul Overend have left their positions ‘for different reasons, connected to one issue’. Pictured: the cathedral

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