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Mike Lodge was Collated and Installed as Archdeacon of Southend by Bishop Stephen Cottrell on Sunday 19 March 2017 at Chelmsford Cathedral.

He had been acting Archdeacon since August 2016. He succeeds Venerable Mina Smallman who retired at the end of last year.

Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford has said: “Sometimes the right person is in the right place at the right time. For the Southend archdeaconry Mike Lodge is definitely that person. Mike is an experienced parish priest and Area Dean.

"Mike is a person of integrity and passion for the gospel. He knows the area really well. He has already gained the confidence of the clergy and people of the Archdeaconry.

"Mike has proved himself to be a trusted and trustworthy Archdeacon in his capacity as acting Archdeacon of Southend for the last six months. I find myself in the happy position of once again catching up with the work of the Spirit. Mike will be a tremendous colleague, a great asset to the diocese and an effective Archdeacon of Southend.”

Mike added: “It’s a great privilege to be invited by Bishop Stephen to take up the role of Archdeacon of Southend in the area I have ministered as Team Rector for the last 12 years. With colleagues  across the Diocese, I look forward to continuing to share the love of Jesus Christ as we seek to be a transforming presence in the communities we serve.

"God touches our lives in unexpected ways and walks with us as we journey with Him and offer our lives in response to His unconditional love for each of us."

An Archdeacon is responsible for the administration of an Archdeaconry which is a part of an Episcopal Area and comprises a number of Deaneries.

Welcoming the appointment, Rt Revd John Wraw, the Area Bishop of Bradwell said: “I am delighted with the news of Canon Mike Lodge’s appointment as the new Archdeacon of Southend.

"Mike brings a wealth of experience as a Parish Priest, a Team Rector, and from his time as an Area Dean.

"We have really appreciated the support he has given to the Southend Archdeaconry over the last six months. I look forward to continuing to work very closely with Mike as he takes on this new role.

Mike is married to Linda and they have two grown-up children and one granddaughter. He was born in rural Gloucestershire and embarked on an 18-year mechanical engineering career, serving an apprenticeship and leading ultimately to senior product engineer.

Coming to faith during this time, he left Industry to train for Ordained Ministry at Wycliffe Hall Theological College, Oxford. Mike served his Curacy in the parish of St Michael & All Angels, Highworth, Diocese of Bristol, and was Priest-in-Charge of the parish of St Luke & St John, Cheltenham, Diocese of Gloucester, for 12 years before being appointed Team Rector in the Rayleigh Team Ministry 12 years ago. He has experienced a broad spectrum of churchmanship and ministry, including rural and suburban, which has enabled him to understand the importance of sharing the love of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ; sharing the gospel based on the truth of God’s word in today’s context.

Passionate about the importance of engaging with the local community Mike is Chaplain to Southend United Football Club, which he established four years ago, although still supports his ‘home’ football team, Cheltenham Town! In his spare time he enjoys travelling, gardening, reading and DIY projects.