Archdeacon of Rochester

The Ven Simon Burton-Jones

Archdeacon of Rochester

Simon offers pastoral care for the clergy and shares in the shaping of mission and ministry in the Archdeaconry.  He has oversight of practical aspects of parochial church life and plays a part in appointing clergy to parish posts.  He participates in central activities of the Diocese, including the chairing of the Advisory Council for Communications.

The Archdeaconry of Rochester stretches from Dartford to the Medway towns, encompassing the area north of the A2 and some of the area south of it.  A large part of the long planned Thames Gateway development will happen in this region and thus there are important challenges in shaping the Church of England’s historic commitment to the people as new communities emerge.

He is also a Canon Residentiary of Rochester Cathedral and therefore a member of the Dean and Chapter.  His day of residence is Wednesday.

He is a governor of King’s School, Rochester, and also of the Bishop of Rochester Academy, Chatham. 


Simon was brought up in Lancashire.  He holds a degree in law from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and two degrees in theology from Nottingham University.  He was first ordained in 1993 and has been Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Bromley, and Rector of St Nicholas Church, Chislehurst, before becoming Archdeacon of Rochester in 2010.

He has a particular interest in the relationship between faith and modern society, and his writings can be found at

He is married to Julia and they have two children, Tim and Helena.

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Area Dean - The Revd Jim Fletcher

Area Dean - The Revd Kenneth Clark

Area Dean - The Rev Ann Richardson

Area Dean - The Revd Sue Brewer

Area Dean - The Revd Penny Foreman

Area Dean - The Rev David Green        

Deputy Warden of Readers
Vic Twine

Deputy Warden of Pastoral Assistants
Mrs Christine Hookins


PA to Archdeacon Simon Burton-Jones
Mrs Michêle Langford 
(Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 12.30pm)
Tel: 01634 560000


Archdeacon of Rochester
St Nicholas Church
Boley Hill
Rochester ME1 1SL
Tel: 01634 560000

The Archdeaconry
Kings Orchard
Rochester ME1 1TG
Tel: 01634 813533

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