Farewell service held for Bill Jacob, retiring Archdeacon of Charing Cross
The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, has led a service in thanksgiving for the contribution of the Venerable Dr William (Bill) Jacob, Archdeacon of Charing Cross to the Diocese of London and to Westminster, as he prepares to retire after nineteen years of service to the Diocese and many more years of ministry in the Church of England.
Over 200 people from the Two Cities area of London, the wider Diocese and Bill’s previous roles attended the Eucharist at St James Sussex Gardens.
Bill was appointed Archdeacon of Charing Cross in 1996, taking up the role of overseeing the parishes in the City of Westminster on behalf of the Bishop of London.
He also held a number of important diocesan-wide responsibilities such as the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults and ministry to deaf people as well as chairing the Finance Committee of the Diocese of London.
He has served as Rector of St Giles-in-the-Fields since 2000. During the course of his career, Bill has been closely involved in training clergy.
Bill was ordained in 1970 and served as Principal of Lincoln Theoological College, before taking up his post in the Diocese of London.
He has also published extensively about the social history of religion in eighteenth century England and Wales, including Laypeople and Religion in the early-eighteenth century and The Clerical Profession in the Long-Eighteenth Century. He has also written about the history of the Anglican Communion and is a visiting research fellow of King’s College, London.
The Ven. Dr William Jacob, Archdeacon of Charing Cross, commented:
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work in such a vibrant and energising context as the City of Westminster, and to work with members and officers of the Council, and clergy and lay leaders in parishes.”
The Bishop of London commented:
“Few people in this church can remember what the three Deaneries of the City of Westminster were like before 1996 when Bill was appointed as Archdeacon. I am one of those few people and can testify to a transformation. The transformation has been achieved not by flashy initiatives but by painstaking hard work, attention to detail and care for clergy and their families. Bill has made a huge contribution to the ethos of the Diocese of London; something established slowly and very precious.”