Diocese of Portsmouth

    New Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight appointed

    7 Dec. 2022

    BISHOP Jonathan is delighted to announce the appointment of the Rev Steve Daughtery as the new Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight.

    Steve is currently vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Bembridge. He will remain in that parish post on a half-time basis, alongside serving the archdeaconry and diocese. He will work closely with Bishop Jonathan and members of the Bishop's Staff Team and the parishes and communities of the island. He will hold day-to-day responsibility for the clergy and parishes of the Isle of Wight, as the most senior priest on the island.

    Steve, 61, is married to Amanda and they have five grown-up children scattered across the south-coast. He has a passion for good organisation, helping people develop their relationship with Jesus, missional outreach, and making church attractive for all generations.

    In his previous role, before coming to the island, he was rector of Trinity Church in Lewes for 18 years. He has been in ordained Anglican ministry for 31 years, but also spent many happy years preaching and leading in free churches. Before he was ordained he worked as Director of Global Information Technology in an investment bank in the City of London.

    He will be licensed for his new role during a service in Portsmouth Cathedral at 5.45pm on January 22. He will continue to be area dean for the Isle of Wight until another appointment can be made. His appointment as archdeacon is subject to a new DBS check.

    Steve said: “I am looking forward to being part of a collaborative new team committed to the transformation of church and culture, whilst I retain my roots as a vicar in the joys and challenges of parish-based ministry.

    “I am grateful to be part of a diocese that wants to enable the mission and ministry of its people, and to enable its parishes to be responsive and energising in faith. Alongside the bishop and colleagues on bishop's staff, I long to see people of all ages coming to the Christian faith, through life-transforming encounters with Jesus.”

    And Bishop Jonathan said: “I’m delighted God has called Steve to lead our parishes on the Isle of Wight into their next chapter. He has the faith, humility and drive to make a significant difference in the life of the Church, and his experience and skills will contribute to the life of the whole diocese as we live, pray and serve the Kingdom of God.”

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