The Venerable Dr John Perumbalath has been nominated by Her Majesty the Queen as the sixth Bishop of Bradwell in Essex. He succeeds the late Bishop John Wraw.
Currently Archdeacon of Barking in East London – and described by Stephen Cottrell the Bishop of Chelmsford as “a wise and gifted theologian and pastor” – the new Bishop will begin today in prayer at St Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea.
It was to Bradwell and Essex that the great missionary disciple St Cedd brought the transformative Good News of Jesus Christ in AD 654. The title Bishop of Bradwell and the Bishop of Bradwell’s Area are named in honour of Cedd’s epic mission to a people who had never heard the Good News before. Now it is Archdeacon John’s turn as a disciple of Jesus Christ to launch a new mission to Essex and share the Good News afresh in no less challenging times. This is a mission of “serving the churches and communities” and John is “passionate” about Christ’s transformative love. “God is about human flourishing” he says. “God is there for every Essex Man and Woman.”
More about John Perumbalath
The Venerable Dr John Perumbalath is currently Archdeacon of Barking. Archdeacon John (52) hails from the ancient Syrian Christian community in Kerala, India, and trained for ministry at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune. Before his ordination he worked as a youth worker among university students for two years and as a theological educator for three years. He was a parish priest in the Diocese of Calcutta in the Church of North India (CNI) from 1995 to 2001. He served on the General Synod of CNI and on its Theological Commission. Since his move to the United Kingdom, he served in the Diocese of Rochester as Associate Priest at St George’s Beckenham (2002-05), Team Vicar in Northfleet & Rosherville (2005-08), Vicar of All Saints, Perry Street & Diocesan Urban Officer (2008-13) before he was appointed the Archdeacon of Barking in 2013.
John also holds a wider role locally and nationally. He chairs the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) and the London Churches Refugee Network. He is a member of the General Synod and sits on the Appointment Committee of the Church of England, Mission & Public Affairs Council, and the Trustee board of Westcott House, Cambridge.
John has contributed reflections for Church House Publishing and has taken up speaking engagements in various provinces of Anglican Communion. He holds postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and Biblical studies and a doctorate in hermeneutics.
John is married to Jessy, a Mathematics teacher, and they have a daughter, Anugraha, a medical student. John enjoys walking in the countryside, reading poetry and simply being with people.