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New Archdeacons for Southwark Diocese

16 Dec 2012

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The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed the Revd Alastair Cutting to be the next Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich. He has also appointed the Revd Canon Dr Jane Steen to be the next Archdeacon of Southwark.  

Mr Cutting (52) is the Vicar of Henfield and Rector of Shermanbury & Woodmancote in the Diocese of Chichester.He grew up in South India where his family have had associations for nearly a century; his parents were medics there and he served a years Voluntary Service Overseas in South India between school and university. He is Pro-Prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury of the General Synod and a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council. Trained at St John's Nottingham he served in the Dioceses of Sheffield and London before moving to Chichester.He is a keen musician, enjoys growing orchids (when he has the facilities) and has strong links with New Zealand; his Masters dissertation was on Maori and Celtic Spirituality.He is married to Kay and they have two grown up daughters.  

Alastair Cutting says, "I am honoured and delighted to have been asked by Bishop Christopher and Bishop Michael to take up the post of Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich, an area I have lived in before, and have a number of connections with.Kay & I look forward to working closely with the clergy and people of the archdeaconry, and with the senior staff, in what we pray will be an exciting unfolding of the next steps of our shared pilgrimage together with God. Please hold us, and the people of the benefice of Henfield and Diocese of Chichester who we love and leave behind, in your prayers, as we prepare to come and serve amongst you in the Southwark Diocese.May God richly bless you."

Canon Steen (48) is the Director of Ministerial Education and Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Southwark and Canon Chancellor at Southwark Cathedral.Prior to coming to the Diocese of Southwark she served her title in the Diocese of St Albans.She is a member of the Joint Implementation Committee for the Anglican Methodist Covenant.Her PhD dissertation was on Samuel Johnson's Anglicanism and she maintains a continuing academic interest in Samuel Johnson, lecturing and taking part in conferences. Married to Preston (Pip) she enjoys reading,walking, cooking and gardening on a small scale.

Jane Steen says, "I am honoured to be asked to be the Archdeacon of Southwark.I look forward to getting to know the people and clergy of the Archdeaconry better as we work together to further God's mission and ministry here."

Commenting on the appointments Bishop Christopher said, "It is good to be able to appoint Archdeacons who bring with them a wealth of experience from across the spectrum of the Church. The Woolwich Episcopal Area, under the guidance of the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, will be well served by such a talented and committed leadership.Please pray for them as they prepare to work together and for Alastair as he joins us in Southwark Diocese". 

The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Woolwich, said, "I am delighted to be able to welcome two new Archdeacons to complete the team in the Woolwich Area Office and look forward to welcoming them in the near future.  

Jane Steen brings a sound knowledge of Southwark Diocese and an incisive academic brain to the role and Alastair has wide experience of the Church of England, being Pro-Prolocutor of the Canterbury Province of the General Synod.Between them they bring a balance of Church Traditions to the Area and it will be a joy to move into this new phase of the mission and ministry of this Area with them.  

Jane and Alastair will both be present at the Woolwich Area Clergy Day at All Saints, Peckham on Tuesday 15th January, which will provide an opportunity for clergy to meet them informally.They will be formally welcomed to their Archdeaconries at the Archdeaconry visitation services.These are on Tuesday 7th May for Southwark and Thursday 16th May for Lewisham and Greenwich."

Alastair Cutting and Jane Steen will be collated and installed at Southwark Cathedral at Choral evensong on Sunday 14 April, where the new Archdeacon of Croydon, the Venerable Chris Skilton, will also be collated and installed.  

Short Biography: the Revd Alastair Cutting
Born 1960
1969-1978:Educated at Lushington Boys School, Ooty, South India and Watford Boys Grammar School, Herts.
1978-1979:Voluntary Service Overseas in South India
1979-1980:School Science Laboratory Technician
1980-1983:Birmingham University, B.Ed. specialising in Youth & Community Work.
1984-1987:St John's College, Nottingham Graduate Licentiate in Theology, Diploma in Pastoral Studies
1987:Ordained Deacon
1988:Ordained Priest
1987-1988:Asst Curate Woodlands All Saints, Sheffield
1989-1991:Asst Curate Wadsley, Sheffield
1991-1996:Asst Curate Uxbridge, St Andrew, St Margaret, St Peter, London
1991-1996:Chaplain to The Nave and Uxbridge Town Centre
1996-2010:Vicar Copthorne, St John the Evangelist, Chichester
2010- Vicar, Henfield St Peter and Rector of Shermanbury and Woodmancote
2011- Pro-Prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury  

Short Biography: the Revd Canon Dr Jane Steen
Born 1964
1983-1987:Newnham College, Cambridge: BA (hons) in English, (MA awarded 1990)
1987-1988:Deputy Co-ordinator for the Elderly and Handicapped, East Barnet
1988-1992:Newnham College, Cambridge, PhD. English; dissertation: Samuel Johnson's Anglicanism
1992-1993:Bookselling, electronic editing and undergraduate teaching
1993-1995:Trinity College Cambridge and Westcott House, Theology and Religious Studies Tripos and Certificate in Theology for Ministry
1996:Ordained Deacon
1997:Ordained Priest
1996-1999:Asst Curate Chipping Barnet Team Ministry, St Albans
1999-2005:Chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark
2005- Canon Chancellor, Southwark Cathedral
2005- Director of Ministry and Training and Canon Theologian, Diocese of Southwark    

An Archdeacon is a senior member of the clergy, responsible to the Diocesan Bishop for an area. The Archdeacon usually inducts new Incumbents into their parishes, shares the pastoral care of the Clergy and does much practical, legal and administrative work.  

The Archdeaconry of Lewisham and Greenwich comprises the six Area Deaneries of East Lewisham (13 parishes), Charlton
(9 parishes), Eltham and Mottingham (8 parishes), Plumstead (10 parishes), West Lewisham (9 parishes), Deptford
(8 parishes).  

The Archdeaconry of Southwark comprises the four Area Deaneries of Bermondsey (7 parishes), Camberwell (8 parishes), Dulwich (7 parishes) and Southwark and Newington (11 parishes).