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New Archdeacon of Hastings announced

New Archdeacon of Hastings announced

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, today announced that The Revd Dr Edward Dowler, currently Vicar of St John and St Luke, Clay Hill in the Diocese of London is to be the new Archdeacon of Hastings.

Edward studied English at Oxford and then trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge.

He was ordained deacon in 1994 in the Diocese of London. His first curacy was in the suburban parish of Christ Church Southgate, followed by a second curacy in the inner city environment of St Mary’s, Somers Town.

In 2001, Edward joined the staff of St Stephen’s House, a theological college in Oxford, as Director of Pastoral Theology, and later became the College Vice-Principal.

He returned to parochial ministry in 2010 when he became Vicar of St John and St Luke, Clay Hill in the London Borough of Enfield. During his time in Clay Hill, he has also served as Continuing Ministerial Education officer in the Edmonton Episcopal Area of the Diocese of London, and as Chair of Governors of Bishop Stopford’s Church of England Secondary School in Enfield.

Dr Warner added: “In appointing Edward to this challenging post we have someone who is committed to encouraging others to know, love and to follow Jesus Christ in the communities we are called to serve. We look forward to welcoming Edward, Anna and their children to Sussex in the autumn.”

Edward  is married to Anna Tims, a journalist for the Guardian. They have two children: Eleanor (13) and Gregory (11).  He is a regular contributor of articles and book reviews to the Church Times and he also reviews books for the journal Political Theology. He has written An Everlasting Gift (SCM: 2004), the SCM Core Text in Theological Ethics (SCM: 2011), The Church and the Big Society (Grove Books: 2013) and Inclusive Gospel? (Grove Books: 2015).

Edward said today: ‘I am delighted to be coming to the Diocese of Chichester and I greatly look forward to supporting the life and ministry of the Church in east Sussex, and doing all that I can to further the work of the gospel’.

He succeeds The Venerable Philip Jones who returned to parish ministry earlier this year and is now Archdeacon Emeritus and Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.

The Collation and Licensing will be separated from the installation.

The Collation and Licensing will take place in Rye Parish Church on Sunday 18 September at 5.00pm in the context of Evensong, at which the Cathedral Choir will be singing.

The installation of new archdeacon will take place at the Cathedral on Tuesday 20 September at 5.30pm.