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New Canon Missioner for Diocese of Southwark

4 months, 1 week ago

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed the Revd James (Jay) Colwill as Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Southwark.  He succeeds The Very Revd Stephen Hance who is now the Dean of Derby.  Jay is currently Vicar of Christ Church, Orpington, in the Diocese of Rochester.   He is also Assistant Missioner in the Mission and Community Engagement Team in the Diocese where he has worked with Deaneries and Parishes to encourage them to create Mission Action Plans.  He also looks after a Bishop’s Mission Order located in a neighbouring parish.  He was ordained Deacon in 1994 and Priest in 1995 and served his curacy at St Agnes with St Paul, Reading in the Diocese of Oxford.  Prior to ordination Jay had a variety of roles including working for the Transport Research Laboratory, The Missions to Seafarers and in a vegetarian restaurant!  He is interested in food, football, cycling and music.

Speaking of his appointment he said, ‘I am excited to be joining a culturally rich and diverse diocese at this time. There is so much to learn and share with one another about making faith real to people and communicating the powerful message of God’s love made known in Jesus. I look forward to playing my part in this stage of Southwark Diocese’s journey.’ 

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn said, ‘I am delighted that Jay will be joining the team at Southwark Cathedral as Canon Missioner.  We look forward to all that he will bring as we play our part in God’s mission to the world.’

Bishop Christopher said, ‘Jay brings vast experience of growing churches and working in parishes with different church traditions and demographics.  His experience of working on Mission Action Plans will be invaluable as we seek to further embed them in the Diocese and grow the number of those attending church in our parishes’.

Jay will be collated and installed at Choral Evensong Southwark Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday 15 April 2018.


Short Biography 

Born 1968

1988 – 1991 :Manchester Polytechnic BA

 1991- 1994 :St John’s College Nottingham Bth, MA

1994       :Ordained Deacon

1995       :Ordained Priest

1994 – 1997 :Curate, Reading St Agnes w St Paul, Diocese of Oxford

1997 – 2003 :Senior Curate/Team Vicar, Easthampstead, St Michael w St Mary Magdalene,  Diocese of Oxford

2002 -         :Vicar, Orpington, Christ Church, Diocese of Rochester

2010 – 2014 :Area Dean, Orpington, Diocese of Rochester  

2012 -         : Assistant Missioner, Mission and Community Engagement Team, Diocese of Rochester