Following the news that Archdeacon Andy Piggott is to retire in June this year, Bishop Peter Hancock has today announced that the Revd Chris Hare is to be licensed as the Acting Archdeacon of Bath on 4 July.
He will remain in post until to 31 October, or until a new archdeacon is appointed to the role.
As Acting Archdeacon, Chris will be assisting with appointments and be available to clergy and churchwardens for any support or advice they need. He will attend Bishop’s Staff Meetings to represent the archdeaconry, and be present in parishes for licencings.
Chris has 17 years’ experience of ministry in the Bath Archdeaconry, where he has been a non-stipendiary minister in Saltford and a vicar in Timsbury, as well as being Rural Dean in Midsomer Norton for five years.
A solicitor before ordination, Chris has taken on the role of Retired Clergy Officer in his retirement, looking out for the practical and pastoral needs of retired clergy across the diocese.
Speaking about his new role, Chris says, “God is indeed a God of surprises. I retired over four years ago and was certainly not expecting a call from Bishop Peter asking me to consider being Acting Archdeacon of Bath. I am, though, excited by the opportunity and the possibilities within the diocese as we emphasise living and telling our story and putting mission and evangelism at the heart of all we do.
“I have lived in the Bath Archdeaconry for 35 years and will do my very best to serve God and his people, both lay and clergy, for the time I am in post. I would value your prayers and I will be praying for you.”
Bishop Peter says, “I am very grateful to Chris for taking on the role of Acting Archdeacon of Bath. We have now had experience of Acting Archdeacons in Taunton and Wells and both proved successful in enabling the archdeaconry to function effectively while the discernment process for the next permanent Archdeacon takes place. With his many years of experience and knowledge of the Bath Archdeaconry, Clergy and Churchwardens can have confidence that Chris will fully understand their needs.”