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Three new Archdeacons have been installed by the Bishop of Chelmsford

16th Sep 2013

Three new Archdeacons have been installed in Chelmsford Cathedral by the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell. They were installed at Choral Evensong on Sunday 15 September 2013.

Three new Archdeacons have been installed by the Bishop of Chelmsford

The new Archdeacons are Mina Smallman (Southend), Robin King (Stansted) and John Perumbalath (Barking). They will complement the daily work of the present four Archdeacons covering Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow and West Ham.

Bishop Stephen said:

“Without incurring additional costs or taking posts away from parishes, here in the Diocese of Chelmsford our three new Archdeacons will bring effective leadership closer to the ground and enable all our churches to flourish. They will help us become a more outward-focused servant church with good news to share with everyone.”

The Bishop added that the Diocese was breaking new ground in encouraging parish initiatives in mission work.  The focus of leadership in the Church in Essex and East London in future would be in the parishes.  Different forms of ministry would be encouraged with the support of the Archdeacons. Savings had been made from central costs to cover the new appointments.

About the new Archdeacons:

The Venerable Dr John Perumbalath was Installed as the first Archdeacon of Barking.

John Perumbalath has been Vicar of All Saints’ Church, Perry Street, Northfleet, Gravesend and the Diocese of Rochester's Urban Officer. John comes from the ancient Syrian Christian community in Kerala, South India but was ordained in the Church of North India (CNI) after training at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune. He began his career as a lecturer but then left university teaching to take up the post of Vicar of St James' Church, Calcutta. He served on the General Synod and various commissions of CNI before he moved to the UK in 2001. He is currently, a tutor for the College of Preachers and a trustee of Us (formerly USPG). His PhD dissertation was in the field of biblical interpretation. He is married to Jessy and they have one teenage daughter.

The new Archdeaconry of Barking comprises the Deaneries of Barking & Dagenham and Havering.

The Venerable Mina Smallman was Installed as the new Archdeacon of Southend.

Mina Smallman has been Team Vicar of Christ Church, Thames View, Barking. Before being ordained, Mina trained as a drama teacher. Her final position was as an assistant principal in a large secondary school in Brent. Mina previously served as a priest at Christ Church on the Thames View estate which is one of the largest regeneration areas in the country. She has worked alongside some of the most dedicated Christians and non-Christians who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the people in Thames Ward and the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

The Archdeaconry of Southend comprises the Deaneries of Southend-on-Sea, Rochford, Basildon, Thurrock and Hadleigh.

Mina succeeds the Venerable David Lowman who has already been appointed as the first Archdeacon of Chelmsford.

The Venerable Robin King was Installed as the first Archdeacon of Stansted.

Robin King has served as Vicar of Bures, Little Cornard and Assington and Rural Dean of Sudbury. After leaving university, Robin spent six years working for a domestic bank, initially in London and then in Suffolk. He spent two years training for ministry in Cambridge, where he met and married his wife, Katharine. They were ordained together in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and served as curates in a large parish in Ipswich. In 1992 Robin took up the post of vicar of Bures on the Suffolk-Essex border – in fact, just touching the new Archdeaconry of Stansted. He has been involved in training a number of ordinands and clergy and has been a Rural Dean for the past six years. Robin and Katharine have two sons, both at university.

The new Archdeaconry of Stansted comprises the Deaneries of Saffron Walden, Hinckford, Braintree and Dunmow & Stansted.

Picture (left to right): Robin King, John Perumbalath and Mina Smallman