New Archdeacon of Hereford formally welcomed

    People News
    12 Sept. 2018

    (l-r The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith, The Archdeacon of Hereford, The Ven Derek Chedzey, The Revd Preb Mike Kneen, The Dean of Hereford, the Very Revd Michael Tavinor)


    The Venerable Derek Chedzey was collated as Archdeacon of Hereford at Evensong in Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 9 September.

    Derek was welcomed at the service where he was also made a Prebendary alongside Team Rector for Leominster, Mike Kneen.Prebendary is an honorary title given to senior clergy in a diocese.

    As Archdeacon of Hereford, Derek has a particular emphasis on supporting parishes in the Hereford Archdeaconry, but as a member of the Bishop's Staff team he also has input in empowering all of our church members to Proclaim Christ and Grow Disciples.

    Hereford will be the fourth diocese that Derek has been called to serve in. He was ordained in Oxford Diocese before moving to Exeter and Bristol dioceses.

    The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith welcomed the appointment and said: “I am delighted that Derek has joining us as Archdeacon of Hereford.

    “Derek brings a strong combination of faith, wisdom, experience and enthusiasm. He is a key person who will help us live out our vision.”

    Derek was previously Head of Ministry Development and a member of the Bishop’s Staff at Bristol Diocese and Residentiary Canon in Bristol Cathedral (Diocesan Canon). He also concurrently carried out an unpaid parish priest role as a Self-Supporting Minister in Yate.

    Speaking of his appointment, Canon Derek said: “I’m thrilled take up the role of Archdeacon of Hereford and to be working with the people of the Diocese as disciples and partners in the Gospel.

    “My vision is to see people come to a living faith in Jesus Christ and our churches whatever their size growing and flourishing as signs of the Kingdom and beacons in the world. I truly believe the local church is the hope of the world.”



    Derek is based at the Diocesan Office in Hereford and can be contacted there or via his email: archdeacon@hereford.anglican.org.

    Photographs of the installation can be viewed here.