The Archdeacon of Southend, the Venerable Mike Lodge, announces his retirement from full time ministry
5th Sep 2021
The Venerable Mike Lodge has announced his retirement from full time ministry after serving as the Archdeacon of Southend since 2017. Mike has been appointed as Priest in Charge at Kemsing and Woodlands in the Diocese of Rochester. He will begin his new ministry in November this year.
Commenting on his retirement from full time ministry and his new ministry in Kent, Archdeacon Mike said:
“It has been a genuine privilege to minister in the Diocese of Chelmsford over the past sixteen years, as Parish Priest, Area Dean and Archdeacon. I have made many friends here as we have shared together in responding to the opportunities and challenges that have presented themselves.
I had always intended moving away from full time ministry this year, although it is with genuine sadness that I am doing so, having served over half my ordained ministry in Chelmsford.
After much thought and prayer, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue ministry in a parochial setting in Kent and very much look forward to serving God in sharing the good news of Jesus in this way.
With the assurance of my continuing prayers for the Diocese I am conscious that I am leaving at a time of much change, although I am confident there is hope for the future as we all respond to Jesus’ commission for us to work together to make disciples.”
Commenting on the announcement, the Bishop of Bradwell, the Rt Revd Dr John Perumbalath said:
“We will miss Mike in this diocese and especially in the Bradwell Episcopal Area. His passion for mission and his analytical ability, coupled with his pastoral care for the clergy and lay leaders have contributed a great deal to our life together. He was an archdeacon who brought love and joy to every situation he encountered.
I will personally miss his wise counsel and his immense support and encouragement. Many clergy and congregations in his archdeaconry will testify to the care and love they received from Mike as their archdeacon.
Mike is primarily a priest who is passionate about mission in the parishes and so it is no surprise that he has discerned this calling to be back in parish ministry before he finally retires from active ministry. We thank him for his dedicated stewardship of the life of the Church in Southend Archdeaconry and wish him and Linda every blessing for their new ministry.”
The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani has thanked Archdeacon Mike for his ministry in Chelmsford Diocese. Bishop Guli said:
“Mike is a much loved colleague who will be greatly missed by many across our Diocese, especially in the Southend Archdeaconry where he has served for the last sixteen years as Archdeacon and before that as Area Dean and Team Rector in Rayleigh. I have enjoyed getting to know Mike and working with him over the last few months and I have seen first-hand his extraordinary love and commitment to the people and parishes he serves. We will be praying for Mike and his wife Linda as they prepare for their move and their new ministry in Kent.”
Mike served his curacy in Bristol Diocese and his first incumbency in Gloucester, a post he held for 12 years before he moved to the Diocese of Chelmsford in 2005 as Team Rector of Rayleigh.
He has also served as Chaplain to Southend United football club.
Arrangements for people to say farewell to Archdeacon Mike, including a farewell service in October will be published in the coming days.