Archdeacon of Southend to retire at the end of 2016
The Venerable Mina Smallman, Archdeacon of Southend in the Diocese of Chelmsford, has announced she will be retiring at the end of the year.
Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford said:
"Mina was appointed Archdeacon of Southend in September 2013, becoming the first female Archdeacon from a minority ethnic background. As such she has been a role model and a pioneer for the Church of England, and I am particularly grateful for the work she has done to rejuvenate the CMEAC work in this diocese as we seek to encourage and grow leaders that fully represent the diversity of the diocese. But most of all Mina has been a fantastic ambassador for the Christian faith. She is a passionate communicator of faith and this has been and will continue to be an inspiration to others. Mina has also shown herself to be a great pastor to the clergy, especially to those in need or sickness.
"I respect and regret Mina’s decision to retire for health reasons. Things have not turned out as any of us expected and ill health has prevented her from developing her ministry in the ways we all hoped. However, her ministry as Archdeacon of Southend has still been very significant, and I am sure that in retirement other doors of opportunity will open for Mina to use her considerable gifts and experience. We will miss Mina’s contributions to the life of the diocese and the Bradwell Area in particular. I wish her and Chris a very happy and fulfilling retirement."
The Archdeaconry of Southend includes the deaneries of Thurrock, Basildon, Hadleigh, Southend-on-Sea and Rochford.It is part of the Bradwell Episcopal Area, led by Rt Revd John Wraw, Bishop of Bradwell.