New Archdeacon of Rochester announced

It has been announced today that the Bishop of Rochester has appointed the Rev Andrew Wooding Jones to be the next Archdeacon of Rochester, in succession to the Rt Rev Simon Burton-Jones who is now Bishop of Tonbridge.

Ordained in 1991, Andrew served in parochial roles in Welling and Sheffield before being Resident Director of Ashburnham Place from 2000 to 2012.  He then moved to Birmingham for two years, where he was Chief Executive of the World Prayer Centre, living as part of the Lee Abbey Small Missional Community in Aston.  During this time he also assisted at Aston Parish Church and with the Birmingham Diocesan ‘Transforming Church’ programme.

Andrew is married to Margaret.  In 2014 they made the decision to move to Kent in order to be the main carers for Margaret’s elderly parents.  This meant Andrew taking the difficult decision to be without a substantive appointment for a number of years.  Andrew has wide experience of organisational and project management in a Christian context, skills which he has been using in local and national consultancy roles since 2014.  This has included managing the establishment of the St Benedict’s Centre at Malling Abbey and giving consultancy support to the Lee Abbey movement.  For a time Andrew has also acted as Interim Co-ordinator for IME2 and CMD in our diocese.

Bishop James comments as follows:

“A thorough process involving me and an Advisory Panel representing the Archdeaconry and wider Diocese has led to the discernment of Andrew’s calling to be Archdeacon of Rochester.  Andrew has gifts and experience which fit him particularly for this role, not least in enabling the church in Medway and North Kent to respond to the demographic change and new opportunities for mission in this area.  I much look forward to welcoming Andrew as part of my Leadership Team; his mission leadership and pastoral gifts will enrich our work.”

Responding to his appointment, Andrew Wooding Jones says:

“I find myself humbled, apprehensive, surprised and excited as I look forward to responding to Bishop James‘s invitation to be the Archdeacon of Rochester and beginning this new ministry shortly.  This feels like a season of huge opportunities in the Archdeaconry as together we engage with Called Together, with new developments across North Kent and with on-going renewal and transformation across the region.  I look forward to helping us discover God’s will together.   Through my recent interim ministry in the diocese I have got to know some parishes in the Archdeaconry and I look forward to getting to know the people and places of the Archdeaconry better.  As a runner one of my plans to get know the area is to join each of the North Kent ParkRuns over my first few weeks – I may connect with some of you there.”

Andrew will be commissioned for his new role during September; details will be announced in due course.




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