Archdeacon of Harlow is retiring in March 2017
The Venerable Martin Webster, Archdeacon of Harlow in the Diocese of Chelmsford, has announced he will be retiring at the end of March 2017.
Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said:
“The whole of Martin’s ordained ministry has been in the Diocese of Chelmsford. He has served in Thundersley, Canvey Island, Nazeing and Waltham Abbey, and since 2009 as Archdeacon of Harlow.
"Martin is one of those people who knows the diocese inside out and has earned the trust, love, respect and admiration of many, many people. He carries the story of the diocese for nearly half a century and as he moves to retirement in Wiltshire he leaves behind a big hole that will not be easy to fill.
"But above all, Martin is a man of faith, so as we prepare to say goodbye to him and Vicky and wish them a long and happy retirement, we also trust for God’s continued blessing and guidance, particularly on the parishes of the Harlow Archdeaconry. Martin has been a fantastic colleague. I will miss him hugely.”
There will be a farewell service for Martin in Chelmsford Cathedral at 3.30pm on Sunday 12 March 2017. Everyone is invited, but we particularly hope that people from the parishes where he has served and from the Harlow Archdeaconry will attend.
Martin has commented:
“I cannot believe that I have done nearly forty years of service to our great diocese and although my decision to retire feels right, it will be a big wrench to leave Essex and East London and the wonderful and diverse Christian communities that bring so much to the wider community. At this point of leaving I am more optimistic for the future of our Church and its witness than when I started all those years ago. Thank you all for sharing so much with me and my family over these years. May God bless you all.”
The Archdeaconry of Harlow is part of the Barking Episcopal Area, led by Rt Revd Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking.