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New Deputy Diocesan Secretary

21 Apr 2015

Diocesan Director of Communications

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The Venerable Stephen Roberts has been appointed as the Deputy Diocesan Secretary.  Stephen Roberts has been Archdeacon of Wandsworth in the Diocese of Southwark for the last ten years.  Prior to this he was Canon Treasurer of Southwark Cathedral and Diocesan Director of Ordinands.  He will begin his new role on September 1st.

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun comments, "Stephen will be an excellent Deputy Diocesan Secretary working with Ruth Martin our new Diocesan Secretary.  He brings complementary skills and long experience of equipping and supporting parishes for mission and ministry.  When Stephen concludes his distinguished service as Archdeacon of Wandsworth I will be glad to appoint him Honorary Canon. " 

Commenting on his appointment Ruth Martin, the Diocesan Secretary says, "Stephen will bring his experience as an Archdeacon into the work of supporting the parishes across our Diocese.  He is Chair of the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee and until 2013 was Chair of the Group developing and implementing the new Diocesan Strategy.  This new role will enable him to share the knowledge and skills he has gained to help us to maximise our opportunities for mission and ministry."

The Venerable Stephen Roberts comments, "I am excited by this next stage of my ministry here in the Diocese and look forward to working with Ruth and the Staff at Trinity House as we seek together to serve the parishes of the Diocese in Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ."

Paul Parkinson, Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) says, "I was delighted to be part of the appointment process for the next Deputy Diocesan Secretary and in particular with Stephen's successful appointment. He brings to the role considerable experience and understands at a deep level the landscape of Southwark Diocese. It is an inspired choice and I look forward to working with him on the DAC."


Short Biography:  The Venerable Stephen John Roberts
Born in Stoke on Trent, 6 December 1958
1971 - 1978: Newcastle-under-Lyme High School
1978 - 1981: King's College, London: Bachelor of Divinity
1981 - 1983: Westcott House, Cambridge
1983:  Ordained Deacon. 1984: Ordained Priest
1983 - 1986:   Assistant Curate, St Mary, Riverhead with St John, Dunton Green, Rochester Diocese 
1986 - 1989: Curate, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Diocese
1989 - 2000:  Vicar, St George, Camberwell and Warden, Trinity College Centre, Southwark Diocese
1986 - 2000: Rural Dean, Camberwell Deanery
1997 - 2000: Heythrop College, London:  MTh in Pastoral Theology
2000 - 2005: Senior Diocesan Director of Ordinands,
2000 - 2005: Canon Treasurer, Southwark Cathedral
2005 - Archdeacon of Wandsworth
2012 - 2013: Chair of the Diocesan Strategy for Ministry Group and Implementation Group
2012 -  Chair Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee
2015 -  Chair of the Bishop's Advisory Group on Non-Stipendiary Ministry