20 November 2023
The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani has announced that the next Area Dean of Thurrock will be the Revd David Rollins.
David is Rector of St Mary the Virgin, Corringham and St Michael, Fobbing where he has served since 2005. He also currently serves as Assistant Area Dean of Thurrock, Deanery Vocations Adviser and Ordination Adviser for the Southend Archdeaconry.
David will succeed the Revd Canon Darren Barlow as Area Dean of Thurrock following Darren’s appointment as Rector of Shenfield in the Brentwood Deanery.
The intention is that David will be commissioned as Area Dean at the end of January 2024.
Speaking about David’s appointment, Bishop Guli said:
“Area Deans play a vital role in the life of our Diocese, serving and supporting our parishes and worshipping communities. I’m grateful that someone with David’s gifts and extensive experience of local parish ministry has accepted this role. I also want to thank and pay tribute to Darren Barlow who has given so much, in more than a decade’s service as Thurrock Area Dean. I know he will be missed by many people. Please do join me in praying for both David and Darren in their new roles.”
The Rt Revd Adam Atkinson, the Bishop of Bradwell said:
“David’s appointment as Area Dean of Thurrock is good news for all of us in the Bradwell Area and particularly for people in the Parishes and Worshipping Communities of the Thurrock Deanery, many of whom will already know David well. I look forward to welcoming him to his new role. I also want to thank Darren Barlow for his service as Area Dean of Thurrock and I am delighted that he remains with us in the Bradwell Area, in his new ministry in Shenfield.”
Speaking about his appointment the Revd David Rollins said:
"I am happy to accept this additional role as Area Dean of Thurrock. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of the United Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing, whilst taking additional responsibility for supporting my clergy colleagues and the communities of the parishes of Thurrock Deanery.”