Bishop appoints new woman Archdeacon for East London

A new woman Archdeacon has been appointed in East London by the Church of England.

Rachel Treweek takes over as Archdeacon of Hackney to oversee all parishes in Hackney and neighbouring Tower Hamlets and Islington.

Her appointment announced yesterday by the Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, starts at the end of July.

Rachel, who originally trained as a language therapist for three London health authorities, moves back to East London from Willesden where she has been Archdeacon for five years. She was previously Vicar of St James-the-Less in Bethnal Green for seven years.

“It will be painful saying goodbye to Willesden and the relationships developed over the past five years,” Rachel admits. “But I have learnt much and I return ‘home’ to East London with a greater awareness of the diocese.”


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She will be working with the new Bishop-designate of Stepney, The Very Rev Adrian Newman, who moves to East London from Kent when he is consecrated on July 22.

Rachel is married to The Rev Guy Treweek, who has recently been appointed Priest-in-Charge at St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe and St James, in the City of London.

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