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New Colchester Area Mission and Ministry Adviser appointed

23rd Sep 2019

Revd Canon Philip Ritchie has been appointed as the Colchester Area Mission and Ministry Adviser.

Philip has served the whole of his ordained ministry in the Diocese of Chelmsford, most recently as Team Rector in the Great Baddow Team Ministry. Philip has extensive experience of parish ministry with a particular focus on team ministries. Philip also served as the Diocesan adviser with responsibility for lay education and training for ten years.

Welcoming the appointment, the Right Reverend Roger Morris, Area Bishop of Colchester said:

Phil is a hugely experienced priest having served in this Diocese for over 30 years. He brings to this post many gifts, a great track record and a strong desire to share the love of Jesus with others.  We look forward to welcoming Phil and Kate to the Colchester Episcopal Area and to working with him at this exciting time.”

Philip added:

I am really excited to be joining with Bishop Roger and the Colchester Area Team in encouraging and supporting churches and deaneries across the Colchester Episcopal Area in their mission at this time of great challenge and opportunity.”

Philip will take up his new role in the New Year.

Details of Philip’s welcome and licensing service to follow.


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Philip Ritchie

Philip is married to Kate and they have two children, Kristin and Daniel, who are both studying at university. Philip’s Interests include exploring the interaction between the gospel and culture, playing the drums, reading, most sports that involve chasing or hitting a ball and supporting Manchester United.

Colchester Area Mission and Ministry Adviser

The Colchester Area Mission and Ministry Adviser will encourage congregations within in the Colchester Episcopal Area to thrive and support Mission and Ministry Units to serve and transform their communities

Colchester Episcopal Area

Major locations within the Colchester Episcopal Area include London Stansted Airport, Harwich seaport, the University of Essex and Colchester, one of the fastest growing towns in the country.

Colchester is served by the Bishop of Colchester, by the Archdeacon of Colchester and by the Archdeacon of Stansted.

Colchester has two Archdeaconries and eight Deaneries:

  • The Archdeaconry of Colchester with the Deaneries of Colchester, Harwich, Witham and St Osyth.
  • The Archdeaconry of Stansted with the Deaneries of Saffron Walden, Hinckford, Braintree and Dunmow & Stansted.

Within Colchester’s boundaries are some 185 parishes and 162 church buildings, 208 Clergy, 31 Licensed Lay Ministers or Readers, and 36 Church Schools.