New Bishop of Bradwell

Church News | Monday, 12 March 2018 |

By Revd. Carolyn Tibbott

The Venerable Dr John Perumbalath

The Venerable Dr John Perumbalath


‘God is there for every Essex Man and Essex Woman in these challenging times’

The Venerable Dr John Perumbalath has been nominated by Her Majesty the Queen as the sixth Bishop of Bradwell in Essex. He succeeds the late Bishop John Wraw.

Currently Archdeacon of Barking in East London – and described by Stephen Cottrell the Bishop of Chelmsford as “a wise and gifted theologian and pastor” – the new Bishop will begin today in prayer at St Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea.

It was to Bradwell and Essex that the great missionary disciple St Cedd brought the transformative Good News of Jesus Christ in AD 654. The title Bishop of Bradwell and the Bishop of Bradwell’s Area are named in honour of Cedd’s epic mission to a people who had never heard the Good News before.

Now it is Archdeacon John’s turn as a disciple of Jesus Christ to launch a new mission to Essex and share the Good News afresh in no less challenging times. This is a mission of “serving the churches and communities” and John is “passionate” about Christ’s transformative love. “God is about human flourishing” he says. “God is there for every Essex Man and Woman.”

John will move on from Bradwell-on-Sea to visit Silver Birch Dementia Care at Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea this morning where St Luke’s Church have put their Christian faith into action and are helping people who live with the challenges of dementia to continue to lead fulfilling lives.

Archdeacon John Perumbalath said:

“I am humbled and honoured to have been invited to be the next Bishop of Bradwell. It has been a great joy to share in the life of Barking Episcopal Area in the last five years and I look forward to the new opportunities and challenges that serving the Church in the Bradwell Episcopal Area will bring.

“I am passionate about the Christian faith that can transform individuals, communities and institutions, and about communicating that faith through pastoral care, teaching and community engagement.

“God is about human flourishing. He is there for every Essex Man and every Essex Woman.

“I am aware of the social, economic and cultural challenges faced by the communities in the Area. I am committed to working with and serving the churches and communities in this part of Essex.”

The Bishop of Chelmsford Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell added:

“I am delighted that John Perumbalath has been appointed as the next Bishop of Bradwell. He is a wise and gifted theologian and pastor.

“As Archdeacon of Barking he has won the trust and affection of the parishes, supported the mission of the Church, and helped ensure each community was served effectively.

“He will bring this experience to the parishes and communities of the Bradwell Episcopal Area, building on the work of those who have gone before him. Please pray for John and his wife Jessy as they prepare for this move.”

The Archdeacon of Chelmsford Venerable Elizabeth Snowden said:

“The exciting news of the appointment of John Perumbalath as the next Bishop of Bradwell is really wonderful.

"John’s thoughtful and godly approach to ministry has meant that he is already a valued colleague. I am confident that together with Mike Lodge, Archdeacon of Southend we will be able to serve this area with John’s leadership to bring the good news of Jesus afresh to the many different communities across south Essex.”

The Archdeacon of Southend Venerable Mike Lodge commented:

“I am really very pleased that John had been appointed to serve as the next Bishop of Bradwell. It has been a genuine pleasure to work with John as one of his colleagues over the past year. I very much look forward to continuing that relationship within John’s new role, with Archdeacon Elizabeth Snowden, the Archdeacon of Chelmsford, to further the work of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. In welcoming John, we also welcome Jessy and their family to the Bradwell Area, praying that God will richly bless them.”

The Bishop of Barking Right Reverend Peter Hill said:

“I am delighted and encouraged that John Perumbalath has been appointed the next Bishop of Bradwell. He has been a superb Archdeacon of Barking and we shall miss him from our Area team.

“John brings great theological acumen, wise Christian leadership and strong pastoral gifts to every issue and situation. I am so glad that we will continue to work together on the Bishop of Chelmsford’s diocesan staff team.”

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