Our New Bishop
Great news announced today. We look forward to welcoming the new Bishop of Bradwell, the Ven. Adam Atkinson. Let us pray with him and for him as he prepares to take up this new ministry
It has been announced that the Venerable Adam Atkinson will be the next Bishop of Bradwell, succeeding the Rt Rev Dr John Perumbalath who was appointed as Bishop of Liverpool earlier this year.
Adam is currently Archdeacon of Charing Cross in the Diocese of London, a role he has served in since March 2020. He previously served as Director of Mission Development in the Two Cities area of London Diocese and as a parish priest in Stepney.
Speaking about his appointment Adam said:
“What a joy to be invited to join in with what God is doing here in Chelmsford. I pay tribute to the clergy and lay leaders and volunteers and servants of God in the parishes and ministries of the Bradwell Area. Particular thanks to the Area Deans but also to single out Archdeacon Mike, who has shouldered so much in the last several months. I come to serve alongside you who have also been called to work for the Kingdom of God to come in Bradwell as it is in heaven.”
Welcoming Adam’s appointment, The Right Reverend Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, the Bishop of Chelmsford said:
“I am delighted that the Venerable Adam Atkinson will be joining us in Chelmsford Diocese as the next Bishop of Bradwell. Adam brings great experience from his role as Archdeacon of Charing Cross, from his service in local parish ministry and from his work in mission development and church revitalisation. He is a priest with a great passion for mission and community service and his calling to this role is good news for the parishes of the Bradwell Area. Please join me in praying for him, and his wife Heather,?as they prepare?for the start of this new phase in their life and ministry.”
Adam will be introduced to Chelmsford Diocese and the Bradwell Area today with a visit to St Cedd’s Church of England Primary School, Bradwell where he will meet with pupils and staff. He will then meet with people from parishes and worshipping communities during visits to Maldon Quay and St Martin of Tours in Basildon.
Ahead of this morning’s announcement Adam joined Bishop Guli, Archdeacon Mike and other members of the Bishop’s Leadership Team to pray at the Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall, Bradwell-on-Sea, a church dating from the years 660 to 662 and among the oldest churches in England. The chapel was built by St Cedd who landed at Bradwell after sailing down the east coast of England from Lindisfarne to bring Christianity to the people of Essex.
Adam will be consecrated as Bishop of Bradwell in the Autumn and start his ministry in November.