Stephan Welch has been Archdeacon of Middlesex since 2006.
Born 1950 in Sydney Australia of mixed English and German-Jewish parentage, Stephan was largely brought up and educated in Bedfordshire. He read French at Hull University 1970-74, followed by Theology at Birmingham University and ordination preparation at Queens College Birmingham.
He was ordained at St Alban’s Abbey in 1977 and served his curacy in Waltham Cross, where he was both curate at the parish church and also pastor to a local Methodist congregation.
He moved in 1980 to become Priest in Charge and later Vicar of St Mary’s Reculver and St Bartholomew’s Hern Bay in the Diocese of Canterbury.
In 1992 he was appointed Vicar of St Mary’s Hurley and St James the Less Stubbings in the Diocese of Oxford. His experiences in parish range from the urban to the agricultural. He has particular experience of the multi-parish benefice context.
He has 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 of Middlesex in 2006. He is charged with the Education portfolio of the Diocese, chairing the London Diocesan Board for Schools and having a strategic watching brief for Children and Youth Ministry and Higher Education Chaplaincies. He is also Chair and Trustee of the Southwark and London Diocesan Housing Association.
His abiding academic interests are French language and literature and Patristic theology. Stephan is married with three grown up sons. He enjoys everything to do with the sea and sails a small yacht moored on the east coast.