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New Archdeacon of Oxford Announced

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The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey CB has been appointed as Archdeacon of Oxford, in succession to Martin Gorick, who was consecrated as Bishop of Dudley on 28 January. Until the summer of 2018 Jonathan was Chaplain-in-Chief and Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force. He will be licensed as Archdeacon of Oxford at a service to take place at Christ Church Cathedral.

The Ven Jonathan Chaffey CB

The Ven Jonathan Chaffey CB

Jonathan has held Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Oxford since 2008. He is currently serving as interim minister for the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches, having previously been attached to the Marlow Area Team. “A passion for mission and ministry is evident right across this Diocese,” says Jonathan. “The diocesan vision for a more Christ-like Church is deeply rooted in scripture and it has set us on a journey that is simultaneously inward and outward-facing by calling us to be more contemplative, compassionate and courageous. I continue to be inspired by the sacrificial manner in which clergy and laity are working out this vision within the local community.”

Speaking about the appointment, the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft said: “Jonathan brings enormous wisdom, passion for mission and experience of local church life and of chaplaincy to his new role. He will be a tremendous gift to the Oxford Area, to Christ Church and to the wider diocese. I am very much looking forward to working closely with him in the years to come and to welcoming Jonathan and his wife, Jane, to the city of Oxford.” Jane is herself ordained, working formerly as a school chaplain within the diocese, and they have three adult daughters.

As well as being Archdeacon of Oxford, Jonathan will become a member of the Cathedral Chapter of Christ Church and a Member of the Governing Body of Christ Church. He is looking forward to ministry and life at Christ Church: “I love the liturgical rhythm of Cathedral life, but also the opportunities for prayer and proclamation that it brings. Christ Church Cathedral is unique in the world. That creates wonderful opportunities to build bridges between the Church and wider society.”

The Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy has expressed delight at the appointment: “Jonathan will bring a wealth of rich experience and insight to the role. We eagerly await the arrival of Jonathan and Jane to the community at Christ Church.”

While acknowledging the many challenges the Church faces, Jonathan offers a staunch defence of what the Church of England brings to society: “through its denial of a divide between the sacred and the ordinary, its inclusive understanding of mission and its reach into all corners of the land, the Church of England offers a unique service to the nation”.

The Church of England Renewal and Reform programme Setting God’s People Free is particularly close to Jonathan’s heart and, alongside his chaplaincy responsibilities, will be an early priority as Archdeacon of Oxford. “It’s about being confident as Christians, sharing the grace of God in our schools, places of work and the wider community, recognising that so many of our neighbours, particularly young people, may not be religious but are very much open to spirituality.”

Additional information

    • The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey CB has studied at the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Universities of Durham and Nottingham. He has been an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen and was awarded a CB (Companion of Honourable Order of the Bath) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.
    • Jonathan’s last service as interim minister for the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches will be Easter Sunday. He served his curacy in Liverpool and has subsequently ministered in several parishes and dioceses alongside his chaplaincy duties.
    • The discussion paper Religion in the Public Arena: A Strategic Challenge facing the Church of England by the Revd Jonathan Chaffey (2014) is available to read online
    • Active across the wider Church and community and a keen sportsman, Jonathan is a member of the Church Mission Society (CMS), a regular celebrant at Burnham Abbey (Society of the Precious Blood) and is an occasional volunteer with the Wycombe Homeless Connection.
    • Jonathan will be licensed as Archdeacon of Oxford at a service to take place at Christ Church Cathedral on 9 May

Minster man named as new Archdeacon of Berkshire

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The Diocese of Oxford is delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Stephen Pullin from Reading Minster is to become the new Archdeacon of Berkshire.

Archdeacon Martin to become the next Bishop of Dudley

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The Archdeacon of Oxford, the Ven. Martin Gorick is set to return to the Black Country as the next Bishop of Dudley, Downing Street announced today.

The Ven. Martin Gorick

As well as his role as Archdeacon, Martin is the Residentiary Canon at Christ Church College and Cathedral. From 1994-2001, Martin was Vicar of Smethwick Old Church and Area Dean for the Black Country Deanery of Warley. He has also worked as Chaplain to the former Bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries. A full news report on Archdeacon Martin’s new appointment is available on the Diocese of Worcester’s website.

Martin has responsibility for the churches and clergy in the city of Oxford, as well as being Diocesan Interfaith Adviser. He has held strategic responsibility for growing new congregations of all shapes and sizes across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. He has been overseeing a £5 million bid to support church revitalisation and planting, fresh expressions of church and pioneering ministry in major new housing areas.

Martin has always enjoyed the Church of England’s connections with people and places outside the church and oversees and supports the work of over 100 chaplains in prisons, schools, colleges, military bases and hospitals.

The Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven Croft, said: “Martin has served with real distinction for six years as Archdeacon of Oxford and Residentiary Canon of Christ Church. He has a passion for mission and for the Church of England to be a church for everyone. Martin has been a wise colleague in the Oxford Area and across the Diocese in his work with chaplains and on engagement with other faiths. He has pioneered and led our diocesan strategy for forming new congregations. Martin is a prayerful, gentle and wise pastor and has become a good friend. He will be a great gift to the clergy and people of the Diocese of Worcester as Bishop of Dudley. As a Diocese and Cathedral, we will miss Martin and Katherine very much, but our prayers and love go with them in the joys and the challenges of Martin’s new role.

Information regarding the appointment process and news of the Acting Archdeacon during this vacancy will be published in the coming days.

Notes to editors:

Requests for interviews should be made to Samantha Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk Tel: 07852 302516

When Martin became Archdeacon of Oxford we ran this God in the Life Of interview which gives a more in-depth overview of Martin’s faith journey, life and career.