First archdeacon of Barking appointed

PUBLISHED: 14:09 14 May 2013

John Perumbalath

John Perumbalath


Barking has been appointed its own archdeacon after a reshuffle of the local diocese - the regional Anglican church district.

John Perumbalath, who is currently vicar at All Saints’ church in Northfleet, has been selected for the position.

As archdeacon he will take responsibility for the Anglican church within Barking and Dagenham and also Havering which are part of the Diocese of Chelmsford.

The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, said: “This is a stirring and stimulating time of change for the church in Essex and East London. In restructuring the Diocese of Chelmsford into seven smaller and more cohesive archdeaconries we are looking to bring leadership closer to the parishes and local communities we serve.”

Revd John Perumbalath is originally from Kerala in South India and after becoming a vicar in Calcutta he moved to the UK in 2001.

The father-of-one serves as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and was among those voting in favour of women bishops last November.

He said: “I look forward to getting to know the clergy and congregations in the archdeaconry and journeying together with them. I share their vision of the church being a transforming presence in the world and I am aware of the social, economic and cultural challenges faced by the communities.”

The area bishop of Barking, Rt Rev David Hawkins, has welcomed the appointment, saying: “With his experience of ministry in Calcutta and Northfleet and as urban officer for Rochester Diocese John will bring valuable insights into cross-cultural mission. He will be a role model for asian and minority ethnic vocations and senior church leadership.”

Revd Perumbalath will be officially installed as archdeacon in September this year at a special service at Chelmsford Cathedral.

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