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Diocese of Chelmsford: Archdeacon Adam Consecrated at Westminster Abbey

Faith Matters / Tue 3rd Oct 2023 at 08:11am

THE next Bishop of Bradwell, The Rt Revd Adam Atkinson has been consecrated as a Bishop at
Westminster Abbey during a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Adam currently serves as Archdeacon of Charing Cross in the Diocese of London and was previously
Director of Mission Development in the Two Cities area of London Diocese. He has also served as a
parish priest in Stepney. His appointment as the next Bishop of Bradwell was announced on 19 June
during a visit to churches and schools in the Bradwell Episcopal Area.


Speaking ahead of Adam’s consecration, the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Dr Guli
Francis-Dehqani said:
“We are looking forward to this special service and to welcoming Adam to Chelmsford Diocese as
Bishop of Bradwell. He will be joining a wonderful team of clergy and lay people who faithfully lead
our churches in the Bradwell Area. His experience as Archdeacon of Charing Cross and his work in
mission development and church revitalisation, together with his passion for mission and
community service will be a great blessing to our diocese as we continue to serve our local
communities and to share the love and good news of Jesus Christ.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury consecrated two other bishops at the service at Westminster Abbey.
The Rt Revd Paul Davies will serve as the next Bishop of Dorking in the Diocese of Guildford and the
Rt Revd Ian Bishop will serve as the next Bishop of Thetford in the Diocese of Norwich.
Speaking ahead of the service, Adam said:
“I’m looking forward to Friday’s service of consecration with a great sense of joy and anticipation as I
prepare to take up the role of Bishop of Bradwell and follow God’s call to join the parishes and
worshipping communities of the Bradwell Area. I’m delighted that people from across Chelmsford
Diocese will be present at Westminster Abbey and it will be a privilege to be consecrated alongside
Paul and Ian. Please do pray for me and all the people of God in the Bradwell Area as we seek to
follow Jesus together.”

Adam will be officially welcomed into Chelmsford Diocese as the Bishop of Bradwell at a service at
Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday 4 November. The service will also see the welcome and licensing
the new Archdeacon of Stansted, the Revd Kate Peacock and the new Archdeacon of Chelmsford,
the Revd Jonathan Croucher.
Adam will begin his ministry in November.

Adam succeeds the Right Reverend Dr John Perumbalath, who became Bishop of Liverpool earlier
this year.

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