Archdeacon of Newark – A message from Bishop Paul

Following my recent announcement that the Venerable David Picken will be moving on in mid-January 2020 to take up his new appointment as the Archdeacon of Lancaster, I can now confirm the interim arrangements which will enable a smooth transition until a new archdeacon is appointed.
The Revd Canon Mark Adams, Vicar of the Beck & Trent Benefice and currently Area Dean for Southwell & Newark in the Newark Archdeaconry, has agreed to be interim Assistant Archdeacon for the Newark archdeaconry with a particular focus on providing support to Area Deans as well as in managing the appointment process with parishes in vacancy. The Venerable Phil Williams, Archdeacon of Nottingham, will support the Newark Archdeaconry in relation to any statutory archidiaconal matters that arise, though Mark will be the first point of contact.
I am pleased to let you know that The Revd Andrew Porter, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Southwell will act as Assistant Area Dean for Newark & Southwell during this interim period.
There will be a handover period for David, Mark and Andrew through December, prior to David’s last day on 16th January. Please note that there will be a Farewell Service in Southwell Minster on Wednesday 15th January, at 7.30pm, to give thanks for David’s ministry in the diocese and pray for him and Cathy as they prepare for God’s new calling for them to serve in the Diocese of Blackburn.
May I take this opportunity to express my thanks to both Mark and Andrew for the gifts they will bring during this interim period. I am also grateful to their churchwardens and congregations for their understanding and support. Please do hold them in your prayers as they take on these additional responsibilities for a season.
The search for a new Archdeacon of Newark will begin in the New Year with more details to follow in due course.

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