Who's Who 2021
The Very Revd Ian Black, Dean of Newport – appointed May 2021
Biography: Ian was Vicar of Peterborough, the civic parish in the heart of the city centre, and Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral.
He served as Rural Dean of Peterborough for 5 years and has had close involvement with the civic life of the city, currently serving as Mayor’s Chaplain to a Muslim mayor. Over the past 9 years the church has become a centre for culture and hospitality as well as prayer and worship. Ian has been a trustee of a Christian charity establishing a hub of services for rough sleepers and helping them rebuild their lives on firm foundations.
After ordination he served his curacy in the Diocese of Canterbury at All Saints’ Maidstone, the civic town centre parish. During the time he served as a chaplain at Maidstone Prison and helped establish a day centre and first stage accommodation project for rough sleepers.
He served as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes in Faversham, which was a turn-around role following the previous incumbent and a large proportion of the congregation leaving to join the Roman Catholic Church over the ordination of women. Ian established close relationships with the schools and community and left a church with a future. He was also a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury in partnership with the Diocese of Rochester.
For 10 years Ian was Vicar of Whitkirk, a vibrant suburban and semi-rural parish on the eastern edge of Leeds. He was a training incumbent and supervised ordinands on placement, as well as being a tutor for curates in the first years of ministry.
Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant.
Education has been an important aspect of Ian’s ministry, involvement with 19 schools including governorships, chairing a university chaplaincy council and training new clergy.
Ian was born and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon and is a former head chorister at Shakespeare’s Church – Holy Trinity. He studied in Canterbury, Lincoln Theological College and has a Master of Divinity degree from Nottingham University. He is married to Susan and they have two adult sons.
Ian is a spiritual writer and director. Publications include three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His most recent book, ‘Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus’, was published by Sacristy Press in 2017. He has written a hymn based on this – Christ the Saviour.
Ian enjoys walking, photography, film and theatre. He is active on social media, is a keen reader and has a wide taste in music.