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Archdeacon of Croydon to retire

3 months, 2 weeks ago

The Archdeacon of Croydon, The Venerable Christopher Skilton, is to retire on Saturday 29 February 2020, shortly before his 65th birthday.

He has been Archdeacon of Croydon since 2013 and prior to that was Archdeacon of Lambeth (also in the Diocese of Southwark) from 2004.

Following a BA at Magdalene College Oxford he trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and was ordained deacon in 1980 and priest in 1981. Curacies in the Diocese of London and Salisbury followed. He was then Team Vicar in Great Baddow, in the Diocese of Chelmsford before becoming Team Rector of Sanderstead, in the Diocese of Southwark in 1995.

Commenting on the news of his retirement the Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, said: “Chris Skilton has been a dedicated servant to the parishes in his Archdeaconry and to those in Lambeth prior to this. We will greatly miss his wisdom and good humour but we wish Chris and Barbara a long and happy retirement”.

The Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, says: “The Croydon Episcopal Area, and the Diocese as a whole, will be all the poorer as a result of Chris’ retirement. His experience and his thoughtful and prayerful care for those around him make him a gentle, yet firm, pastor to all he encounters.  Barbara and Chris will go with our love, thanks and prayers”.