The Right Revd James Langstaff has written to us and other churches and clergy in the Sevenoaks Deanery to advise that following a consultation with the Deanery clergy, the Archdeacon and others, the Revd Michael Gentry has accepted his invitation to become the next Area Dean of Sevenoaks, in succession to Chris Smith.
Though not beneficed in the Deanery, Michael has been offering ministry within the Deanery and will now also be licensed as Associate Vicar at Westerham alongside being our Area Dean.
Michael will be commissioned in this role for two years in the first instance. Archdeacon Julie will formally commission Michael as Area Dean and license him as Associate Vicar at a special service on Sunday 24 November at 6.30pm at St. Mary's. All are very welcome to attend!
We will remember Michael in our prayers as he takes on his new roles.
The letter from Bishop James is attached above.