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/ 13 June 2019

Archdeacons announce their retirement

The Archdeacon of Middlesex, the Ven Stephan Welch, and the Archdeacon of Northolt, the Ven Duncan Green, will both be stepping down from their roles later this year.  The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, will now lead the appointments process to find their respective successors.

She commented: “These have been two great servants to the Diocese of London. Their experience and wisdom as part of the Senior Team have certainly been invaluable to me since becoming Bishop. I am personally particularly grateful for their support over this time, but also for everything they have done in promoting the mission and ministry of the Church across London over their years in post. They will leave with our deep gratitude and prayers for the future.”

Stephan Welch has served as Archdeacon of Middlesex since 2006, having been in the Diocese of London since 2000. He was Vicar of St Peter’s Hammersmith and Area Dean of Hammersmith and Fulham until his appointment as Archdeacon. He has chaired the London Diocesan Board for Schools and held a strategic brief for Children and Youth Ministry and Higher Education Chaplaincies. He was also Chair and Trustee of the Southwark and London Diocesan Housing Association.

The Ven Stephan Welch said: “Since my arrival in London, I’ve greatly enjoyed my nineteen-year journey as Parish Priest, Area Dean and Archdeacon, all in the Kensington Episcopal Area. Nine of those years were spent holding the Education Portfolio which took me to all corners of the wider Diocese too. It has been an enormous privilege in the company of so many mission-hearted, energetic and inspirational colleagues. London has renewed my faith in the Church as a ‘movement’ rather than simply an institution. I leave with the satisfaction of having been able to finish some things I never started, and to have started a few things that others will bring to fulfilment. May God richly bless you onwards.”

The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, said: “We owe Stephan a huge debt. He has been a source of wise counsel, expert advice and strong pastoral support to many people, both clergy and lay, over his years both as parish priest and Archdeacon. His unfailing patience, broad imagination, sympathetic ear and sense of humour will be hugely missed, and he has helped to build and strengthen the church here in countless ways. It will be hard to imagine the Kensington Area without him.”

Duncan Green joined the Diocese of London when he became Archdeacon of Northolt in 2013. This followed his role representing the Church of England in the lead-up to and during London 2012. Duncan was seconded to the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games as a faith adviser and then in Spring of 2010 became their head of multi-faith chaplaincy services; a role in which he oversaw the chaplaincy service for 20,000 athletes and officials, 200,000 staff and volunteers as well as 26,000 reporters and broadcasters.

The Ven Duncan Green said: “I have enjoyed my time as Archdeacon of Northolt, serving the Willesden area. I have greatly appreciated the fellowship and support I have received from colleagues, especially Bishop Pete and the area team.  It has been a privilege to serve under Bishop Sarah and work with the senior staff, clergy and laity of the diocese. I look forward to seeing the new diocesan vision unfold and I will continue to pray for the diocese and our city as l move to Suffolk, where I hope to catch up all on the sailing l have missed over the years. l might even finish the restoration of my 1931 Morris, which l began 25 years ago!”

The Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, said: “We shall miss Duncan. His commitment to the parishes, to the clergy and to the mission of the Kingdom of God in the Northolt Archdeaconry has been outstanding. He has brought significant insights from his previous work with the Olympics, enabling us to see the Church as others see us. I have greatly appreciated his friendship, prayerfulness and wisdom. We wish him well.”

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