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/ 27 January 2020

Bishop of London announces new Archdeacon of Middlesex

The Revd Richard Frank

The Bishop of London has today announced that the Revd Richard Frank, incumbent Vicar at All Souls, St Margarets and Area Dean for Hounslow, has been appointed as the new Archdeacon of Middlesex. His appointment follows the retirement of the Ven Stephan Welch last year.

The Archdeaconry of Middlesex makes up the Kensington episcopal area of the Diocese of London, which encompasses the west London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, the Borough of Richmond north of the Thames, and the Surrey Borough of Spelthorne. Spanning from Knightsbridge to the ancient bridge that crosses the Thames into Staines, the parishes of the Kensington Area serve hugely diverse and dynamic communities.

The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, said:

“I am very pleased to announce Richard’s appointment as the new Archdeacon of Middlesex. I am certain that, under the stewardship of the Bishop of Kensington, Richard will provide clear-sighted guidance, leadership and vision to the Archdeaconry, as well as supporting the mission of the Diocese of London. Richard’s decades-long commitment to the service of the Church and to the members of the communities in which he serves is highly commendable, and I am sure he will leave an indelible legacy at All Souls, St Margarets.”

The Bishop of Kensington, The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, said:

“I am delighted that Richard has accepted the invitation to become the new Archdeacon of Middlesex. Richard brings rich pastoral wisdom and extensive experience of parish ministry, having overseen the significant growth of All Souls St Margarets over the past 15 years. He has in recent years been an excellent Area Dean of Hounslow, working effectively with a wide range of churches. I am very much looking forward to working with him as we seek to support the parishes in the ongoing work of mission and ministry in the Kensington Area of the diocese of London.”

Richard has been Vicar of All Souls since 2005. He has fostered significant growth in the size of his congregation since then, whilst encouraging greater cohesion between communities within the local area. In recent years, for example, All Souls has worked closely with the communities of the Ivybridge housing estate in Isleworth to establish a foodbank, community cafes and English language classes.

The Revd Richard Frank, Vicar at All Souls, St Margarets and Area Dean for Hounslow, said:

“I’m delighted that, as Archdeacon of Middlesex, I will have the opportunity to continue to serve in the area which I have come to know well and love so much, whilst serving a wider cross section of communities across the broader Kensington area.

“The Archdeaconry represents a vibrant and diverse range of communities with a unique set of advantages and challenges. I am hugely excited to get to know these areas better, and to supporting local churches, community projects and the Diocese more widely.

“After 15 years as Vicar here, I will miss the congregation and team at All Souls terribly. It has also been a privilege to work with the incredible team of clergy and lay leaders across Hounslow as Area Dean. However, I am excited now to get to work as Archdeacon, supporting the clear vision which the London Diocese has for living out the Good News of Jesus Christ in this city.”

Richard will step down as Vicar of All Souls, St Margarets in March, before starting in post as Archdeacon of Middlesex in April.

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