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Henfield vicar to be Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich

Henfield vicar to be Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich

The Revd Alastair Cutting, Vicar of Henfield and Rector of Shermanbury & Woodmancote in the Diocese of Chichester has been appointed by The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, to be the next Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, in the Diocese of Southwark.

Mr Cutting, 52, grew up in South India where his family have had associations for nearly a century; his parents were medics there and he served a years Voluntary Service Overseas in South India between school and university. He is Pro-prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury of the General Synod and a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council. Trained at St John’s Nottingham, he served in the Dioceses of Sheffield and London before moving to Chichester. He is a keen musician, enjoys growing orchids (when he has the facilities) and has strong links with New Zealand; his Masters dissertation was on Maori and Celtic Spirituality. He is married to Kay and they have two grown up daughters.

Alastair Cutting says, ‘I am honoured and delighted to have been asked by Bishop Christopher and Bishop Michael to take up the post of Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich, an area I have lived in before, and have a number of connections with. Kay & I look forward to working closely with the clergy and people of the archdeaconry, and with the senior staff, in what we pray will be an exciting unfolding of the next steps of our shared pilgrimage together with God. Please hold us, and the people of the benefice of Henfield and Diocese of Chichester who we love and leave behind, in your prayers, as we prepare to come and serve amongst you in the Southwark Diocese. May God richly bless you.’

Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, said: "I am delighted that Alastair Cutting has been appointed as Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich. Though he will be a great loss to the Diocese of Chichester, where he serves as Chairman of the House of Clergy, Alastair has amassed a great deal of experience both as a parish priest and in church governance that will serve him well for this position. I wish him well along with his wife, Kay, as they prepare for the move to South London.'

The new diocesan Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner,  said: "It is good news for the diocese of Southwark that Alastair Cutting will be one of the team of new archdeacons.  He and Kay are assured of our prayers and very best wishes as they prepare to leave the Diocese of Chichester."

The Revd Alastair Cutting will be instituted and installed at Southwark Cathedral at Choral Evensong on Sunday 14 April, where the new Archdeacon of Croydon, the Venerable Chris Skilton, and the new Archdeacon of Southwark, the Revd Canon Dr Jane Steen, will also be instituted and installed.

Mr Cutting, 52, grew up in South India where his family have had associations for nearly a century; his parents were medics there and he served a years Voluntary Service Overseas in South India between school and university. He is Pro-prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury of the General Synod and a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council. Trained at St John’s Nottingham, he served in the Dioceses of Sheffield and London before moving to Chichester. He is a keen musician, enjoys growing orchids (when he has the facilities) and has strong links with New Zealand; his Masters dissertation was on Maori and Celtic Spirituality. He is married to Kay and they have two grown up daughters.

Short Biography: the Revd Alastair Cutting

Born 1960
1969-1978: Educated at Lushington Boys School, Ooty, South India and Watford Boys

Grammar School, Herts.
1978-1979: Voluntary Service Overseas in South India
1979-1980: School Science Laboratory Technician
1980-1983: Birmingham University, B.Ed. specialising in Youth & Community Work.
1984-1987: St John’s College, Nottingham Graduate Licentiate in Theology, Diploma in

Pastoral Studies
1987: Ordained Deacon
1988: Ordained Priest
1987-1988: Asst Curate Woodlands All Saints, Sheffield
1989-1991: Asst Curate Wadsley, Sheffield
1991-1996: Asst Curate Uxbridge, St Andrew, St Margaret, St Peter, London
1991-1996: Chaplain to The Nave and Uxbridge Town Centre
1996-2010: Vicar Copthorne, St John the Evangelist, Chichester
2010- Vicar/Rector Henfield St Peter w Shermanbury and Woodmancote
2011- Pro-prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury

An Archdeacon is a senior member of the clergy, responsible to the Diocesan Bishop for an area. The Archdeacon usually inducts new Incumbents into their parishes, shares the pastoral care of the Clergy and does much practical, legal and administrative work.

The Archdeaconry of Lewisham and Greenwich comprises the six Area Deaneries of Lewisham (7 parishes), East Lewisham (13 parishes), Charlton (9 parishes), Eltham and Mottingham (8 parishes), Plumstead (10 parishes), West Lewisham (9 parishes) and Deptford (8 parishes).