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New Archdeacon of Reigate

2 years, 10 months ago

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed the Revd Canon Moira Astin as the next Archdeacon of Reigate. She will take up her new role in the autumn. Moira Astin is currently Vicar of Frodingham and New Brumby in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Moira Astin trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall Oxford and was ordained in 1995. She served her curacy in Newbury in Oxford Diocese, and was then appointed Team Vicar in Thatcham, Berkshire. She held various other posts in the Diocese of Oxford before moving to the Diocese of Lincoln in 2011. Prior to ordination she worked in Technical Support for computer databases in the Reading Area.  In her spare time she enjoys photographing sea birds and then painting them.

Speaking of her appointment Moira Astin comments: ‘I am very much looking forward to moving to East Surrey, and getting to know the people and parishes of the Reigate Archdeaconry. It will be a bit like coming home, since I grew up in North Surrey. I look forward to supporting the clergy, church wardens and laity as we seek to have our hearts on fire with God's presence, and find new ways of helping those who live in our communities to discover the peace and joy of knowing God.’

The Bishop of Southwark commented, ‘Moira brings distinctive gifts to this role which will complement those of the other Archdeacons in the team. Moira brings much experience of parish ministry and ecumenical involvement and I am sure that she will be a valuable addition to the Diocesan team.'

The Bishop of Croydon, The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, comments, ‘I am delighted that Moira is joining the team in the Croydon Area and I am very much looking forward to working with her and to sharing in all that she will bring to her new role.’

Moira will be welcomed into the Archdeaconry on Sunday 9th October and installed at Choral Evensong at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday 30th October.

Short Biography

1983 – 1986 Clare College, University of Cambridge BA (now MA) Natural Sciences

1986 – 1987 Birmingham University PhD Studies in Hydrogeology.

1987 - 1992 Worked in the Computer Database Industry

1992 - 1995 Wycliffe Hall, Oxford BA (now MA) Theology; Diploma in Ministry

1995 - 1999 Assistant Curate at St Nicholas, Newbury

1997 - 2002 Chair of West Berkshire Mental Health Forum

1998 - 2011 Lecturer, Diocese of Oxford Local Ministry Training Scheme

1999 – 2011 Team Vicar, Thatcham Team Ministry and lead minister Dustan Park Church Ecumenical Partnership

2000 - 2012 General Synod and Legal Clergy member on General Synod

2002 - 2004 'Mission Shaped Church' working party member               

2002 - 2005 Thatcham Young Parents Group: Charity Founder

2003 - 2011 Ecumenical Anglican Ecumenical Officer for Berkshire

2002 - 2012 Ecumenical Officer Berkshire Archdeaconry, Diocese of Oxford

2005 - 2012 Member of Standing Committee of the Convocation of Canterbury

2005 - 2010 Member of the Church Legal Aid Commission

2005 - 2014 Member, and from 2011 Vice Chair, Council of Reference Church Pastoral Aid Society

2007 - 2010 Fees Review Group of Deployment, Remuneration and Conditions of Service Group

2007 - 2011 St James Pre-school, Chair of management committee

2008 - 2011 Team Leader for Ecumenical Officers in Oxford Diocese

2008 - 2011 Governor and Vice Chair of Governing body, Highwood Primary School, Woodley

2009 - 2012 Church of England representative on the Churches Together in England Group for Local Unity

2010 - present Anglican member of the Methodist Anglican Panel for Unity in Mission

2010 - 2012 Clergy Discipline Commission, House of Clergy member, then appointed clergy

2010 - 2015 Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy, working party member

2011 - 2012 Ecumenical Advisor to the Bishop of Oxford

2011 - present Governor, now Vice Chair, of Frodingham Infants School

2011 - present The St Lawrence Academy Scunthorpe Sponsor Trustee

2011 - present Lincoln Diocesan Synod

2011 - present Stow and Lindsey Archdeaconry Mission and Pastoral Committee member

2011 - present Lincoln Diocese Mission and Pastoral Committee as Ecumenical Officer, Elected member from January 2016

2012 - 2015 Lincoln Diocesan Council and subsequently Bishop's Council member

2012 - present Anglican Ecumenical Officer Diocese of Lincoln

2012 - present Contributor to Pause for Thought on Radio Humberside

2012 - present Member of various Diocesan review groups, including the Fees system and the chaplaincy provision in Lincolnshire

2014 - present Occasional Columnist for Scunthorpe Telegraph

2015 - present Regional Coordinator for Messy Church