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The Revd Canon Mike Power appointed as the new Archdeacon of Southend

26th May 2022

The Revd Canon Mike Power has been appointed as the new Archdeacon of Southend following interviews last week.

Mike has held the responsibilities of archdeacon since the previous Archdeacon of Southend, the Venerable Mike Lodge, retired from full time ministry in Autumn 2021.

Commenting on his appointment, Mike Power said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to be able to serve the parishes and worshipping communities of the Southend Archdeaconry in this role. These have been challenging times for our churches and those who we serve. But as I have got to know and ministered alongside church leaders and their congregations in recent months, I’ve seen the incredible work they do in service to God and to their local communities. It is with a great sense of hope, that I look forward to supporting and serving them as their Archdeacon”

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani said:

“I’m delighted that Mike has accepted the role of Archdeacon of Southend. He has a great affection for the churches and people of the Southend Archdeaconry and will bring tremendous energy and skill as he serves and ministers alongside them. Mike’s experience in local parish ministry will also be of great value to the Bishop’s Leadership Team and our wider diocesan family.”

The Southend Archdeaconry is one of two archdeaconries in the Bradwell Episcopal Area. Commenting on the Revd Canon Mike Power’s appointment, the Bishop of Bradwell, the Rt Revd Dr John Perumbalath said:

“Mike’s appointment is good news for the parishes of the Southend Archdeaconry. During his time as Bradwell Mission and Stewardship Advisor and more recently during the period in which he has held the responsibilities of archdeacon, Mike has built excellent relationships with people across the Archdeaconry and has been a great supporter and servant of those who serve in our parish churches. He will now be able to build on these relationships in his new role as Archdeacon of Southend. Please join me in praying for him as he begins this next chapter in his ministry.”

Before taking on the responsibilities of archdeacon, Mike served as Mission and Stewardship Adviser for the Bradwell Episcopal Area. At the same time, he served as Associate Priest at St Margaret’s Bowers Gifford in North Benfleet.

He was previously Vicar of St Edward the Confessor Romford between 2015 and 2020 and Area Dean of Havering between 2018 and 2020. He also served as Priest in Charge at Ascension Collier Row between 2019 and 2020.

Before his ordination in 2012, Mike worked as a theatre producer.

Mike will formally become the Archdeacon of Southend at a service of Choral Evensong with Collation and Installation at Chelmsford Cathedral on 26 June at 3.30pm. Further details will be confirmed soon.