The Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Andrew Watson, has today announced that the Revd Martin Breadmore will take up the position of Archdeacon of Dorking later this year.
Martin is currently the Director of Ministry for the Kensington Area of the Diocese of London, with responsibility for the training and development of clergy and lay people. As the lead person for training clergy after ordination he has been committed to ensuring that curacies enable training incumbents and curates to flourish in their ministry together.
Martin is no stranger to Guildford, having previously served as associate minister of St Paul’s Camberley for more than four years. Before moving to London Diocese he was Vicar of St Patrick’s Wallington in the Diocese of Southwark for almost nine years.
Commenting on his appointment, Martin said:
“I am delighted, daunted and humbled to have been called to serve God as the next Archdeacon of Dorking. The Diocese of Guildford is in an exciting time of transition and I look forward to playing my part in the outworking of the vision of Transforming Churches, Transforming Lives. I recognise that I have much to learn in this new role but I pray that we can work together to declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.”
The Archdeaconry of Dorking is a diverse area that brings with it the challenge of hidden pockets of deprivation, alongside very affluent areas. It covers the boroughs of Epsom and Ewell, Runnymede, Woking, Elmbridge, part of Reigate and Banstead and most of the district of Mole Valley. One parish, Chessington, is in Greater London. Towns such as Woking, Epsom, Dorking, Leatherhead and Egham sit alongside ‘village’ communities stretching from the banks of the Thames to the borders of Sussex.
On making the announcement, Bishop Andrew said:
“I'm delighted that Martin will be joining us at quite such an important time in the life of the diocese. Martin was the stand-out candidate in a very strong field and brings with him a wealth of parish experience and a particular commitment to discerning and releasing the gifts of the people of God. We wish him, Monica and Joshua God's richest blessing as they make the transition from London to Guildford.”
The Revd Martin Breadmore will be licensed as Archdeacon of Dorking at a service in Guildford Cathedral in the late Autumn.