Jill Hopkinson

Tutor in Rural Ministry, Centre for Formation in Ministry

Email: jhopkinson@sarum.ac.uk
+44 (0)1722 424808
Twitter: @jillhopkinson

Jill Hopkinson is Tutor in Rural Ministry in the Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry and a self-employed consultant and researcher. She is a rural specialist with over 25 years of diverse experience in agriculture, environment, rural communities, housing and the rural church. She has expertise in rural church growth, mission and ministry, as well as rural public policy. Her research covers wide interests which include the common good and evangelization in rural communities, the issues of gender in rural communities and churches, and mission and growth.

Between 2004 and 2018 she was National Rural Officer for the Church of England, working for the Archbishops’ Council based at Germinate: Arthur Rank Centre, the churches’ rural resources unit, in Warwickshire.

Jill has a lifelong interest in all things to do with the countryside and her first job was milking cows on a dairy farm. She was appointed an honorary lay Canon of Worcester Cathedral in 2011 and lives and worships in a rural village, part of a multi-parish benefice, where she is responsible for children’s activities on a Sunday, co-leads Messy Church, and regularly leads worship.

Jill leads on the Rural Pathway for Formation in Ministry and is currently developing material across the breadth of the curriculum to support lay and ordained whose ministry will primarily be in rural areas.


Martin, S, ed. by Hopkinson, J (2015) Resourcing Rural Ministry. Abingdon: BRF

Smith, A and Hopkinson J (2012) Faith in the Future of the Countryside. London: Canterbury Press

Bell, J, Hopkinson,  J, Willmott, T, (2009) Re-Shaping Rural Ministry. London: Canterbury Press

Research Reports

Archbishops’ Council (2018) Enabling Mission and Growth in Rural Churches: a guide for PCCs and congregations. London: Archbishops’ Council

Archbishops’ Council (2018) Learning from Creative Thinking and Planning for Rural Mission and Growth. London: Archbishops’ Council

Archbishops’ Council (2017) Shaping Strategies for Mission and Growth in Rural Multi-Church Groups. London: Archbishops’ Council

Archbishops’ Council (2015) Released for Mission: growing the rural church. London: General Synod of the Church of England


MA Theology, University of London (2017)

PhD Agronomy and Plant Nutrition, University of Nottingham (1998)

BSc(Hons) Ecology, University of Leeds (1993)