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New Archdeacon of Southend Appointed

5th Feb 2017

The Revd Canon Mike Lodge, currently Team Rector of Rayleigh, has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Southend. 

Mike has been the Acting Archdeacon of Southend since August 2016.

He succeeds The Venerable Mina Smallman who retired at the end of last year. 
The Right Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford has said:

“Sometimes the right person is in the right place at the right time. For the Southend Archdeaconry Mike Lodge is definitely that person. He is an experienced parish priest and Area Dean. He is a person of integrity and passion for the gospel. He knows the area really well. He has already gained the confidence of the clergy and people of the Archdeaconry. He has proved himself to be a trusted and trustworthy Archdeacon in his capacity as acting Archdeacon of Southend for the last six months. I find myself in the happy position of once again catching up with the work of the Spirit. Mike will be a tremendous colleague, a great asset to the diocese and an effective Archdeacon of Southend.”

 The Revd Canon Mike Lodge added:

“It’s a great privilege to be invited by Bishop Stephen to take up the role of Archdeacon of Southend in the area I have ministered as Team Rector for the last 12 years.
"With colleagues across the Diocese, I look forward to continuing to share the love of Jesus Christ as we seek to be a transforming presence in the communities we serve.

"God touches our lives in unexpected ways and walks with us as we journey with Him and offer our lives in response to His unconditional love for each of us."

Welcoming the appointment, The Right Revd John Wraw, the Area Bishop of Bradwell said:

“I am delighted with the news of Canon Mike Lodge’s appointment as the new Archdeacon of Southend. He brings a wealth of experience as a Parish Priest, a Team Rector, and from his time as an Area Dean.

"We have really appreciated the support he has given to the Southend archdeaconry over the last 6 months. I look forward to continuing to work very closely with Mike as he takes on this new role.”

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Mike Lodge

Mike is married to Linda and they have two grown-up children and one granddaughter.

He was born in rural Gloucestershire and embarked on an eighteen year mechanical engineering career, serving an apprenticeship and leading ultimately to Senior Product Engineer. Coming to faith during this time he left Industry to train for Ordained Ministry at Wycliffe Hall Theological College, Oxford.
Mike served his Curacy in the parish of St Michael & All Angels, Highworth, Diocese of Bristol, and was Priest-in- Charge of the Parish of St Luke & St John, Cheltenham, Diocese of Gloucester, for 12 years before being appointed Team Rector in the Rayleigh Team Ministry 12 years ago.
He has experienced a broad spectrum of churchmanship and ministry, including rural and suburban, which has enabled him to understand the importance of sharing the love of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ; sharing the gospel based on the truth of God’s word in today’s context.
Passionate about the importance of engaging with the local community, Mike is Chaplain to Southend United Football Club, which he established four years ago, although still supports his ‘home’ football team, Cheltenham Town!
In his spare time he enjoys Travelling, Gardening, Reading and DIY Projects.

Collation and Installation

Mike will be ‘Collated and Installed’ as Archdeacon of Southend in Chelmsford Cathedral on 19 March at 3.30pm.

Role of an Archdeacon

An Archdeacon is responsible for the administration of an Archdeaconry which is a part of an Episcopal Area and comprises a number of Deaneries.

Transforming Presence and Transforming Leadership

‘Transforming Presence’ is the big vision of the Diocese of Chelmsford to ‘transform and be transformed’ – transforming the Church for the transformation of the world. It sets out the strategic priorities for the Diocese to the year 2027: inhabiting the world distinctively; re-imagining ministry; evangelising effectively; and serving with accountability.

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A report called ‘Transforming Leadership’ was the basis for a decision to create additional Archdeacon posts, one for each Bishop’s Area (Barking, Bradwell and Colchester) in order to bring leadership closer to the parishes. 

The Diocese of Chelmsford

The Diocese of Chelmsford, ‘the Church of England in East London and Essex,’ is led by Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, assisted by three Area Bishops (Barking, Bradwell and Colchester), seven Archdeacons (Barking, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Southend, Stansted and West Ham) and the Dean of Chelmsford (who leads and directs the life and work of Chelmsford Cathedral).

The Diocese is a Church region of more than 1,500 square miles that stretches from the East coast to the Thames and ranges from countryside to towns and suburbs.

It comprises the county of Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock, and the east London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.  

With a population of more than 3 million people Chelmsford is the second largest diocese in England.

About 40,000 people attend services each week in our churches.

About 30,000 children and young people attend 141 church schools.

An estimated 100,000 young people share in assemblies, chaplaincy, clubs and youth work.

The Bradwell Episcopal Area

The Bradwell Episcopal Area (the Bishop of Bradwell’s Area) covers all of south Essex, from the Dartford Crossing to Southend in the East and Maldon and Chelmsford to the North.

The Bradwell Area is named after the village of Bradwell-on-Sea where St Cedd built a chapel as he began his mission.

Bradwell has two Archdeaconries: the Archdeaconry of Southend and the Archdeaconry of Chelmsford. 

Bradwell is served by the Bishop of Bradwell, by the Archdeacon of Chelmsford and by the Archdeacon of Southend who lives in Benfleet. 

The Archdeaconry of Southend

The Archdeaconry of Southend comprises the deaneries of Basildon, Hadleigh, Southend, Thurrock and Rochford, and 79 parishes.

The Venerable Mina Smallman

Mina Smallman was appointed Archdeacon of Southend in September 2013, becoming the first female Archdeacon from a minority ethnic background, and retired in December 2016 for health reasons.