The Congregation at St Alban’s Copenhagen were saddened to learn on Sunday (1 December 2013) that their Chaplain, Archdeacon Jonathan LLoyd is to leave at the end of February to take up a post in two benefices in rural Kent.
The Venerable Jonathan Lloyd has served in Copenhagen for four and a half years and says that his decision to move has been prompted by the growth and dynamism of St Alban’s in Copenhagen “where they need a full-time priest if the church is to grow further in God’s mission.”
Jonathan also says that the demands of serving as a priest in a busy church as well as an Archdeacon are not sustainable and there is little prospect of immediate relief after the Church Commissioners chose not to help fund a scheme for full-time Archdeacons in the Diocese in Europe.
Most particularly, Jonathan and his wife Sue have felt the call to be nearer their family in England after the death of both of their fathers during the Summer. But they will be leaving with sadness and fond memories. The Archdeacon says “I have greatly enjoyed serving in this amazing diocese, which has been a tremendous privilege for me. I thank St Alban’s Copenhagen for so generously funding an archdeacon for eight years, and all the clergy and people of my archdeaconry for their prayerful dedication and work for God’s kingdom. I will greatly miss all the wonderful people I have been so fortunate to work alongside, and the warm hospitality of the parishes.”
Bishop David, in accepting Archdeacon Jonathan’s resignation from both positions commended him for his accomplishments both at St Alban’s and in the Archdeaconry. “You leave St Alban’s and the Archdeaconry in good heart and with their vision pointed clearly to the future”, said Bishop David. “I am sorry to be losing an extraordinary priest from the diocese, who has brought so many gifts as pastor, ecumenist, and leader of the Church’s mission. I wish Jonathan and Sue every blessing as they prepare to return to the UK. It has been a privilege to work with Archdeacon Jonathan these past years, as a member of the Bishop’s Senior Staff. He has brought many extraordinary gifts to St Alban’s, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese. I am delighted that upon his resignation Jonathan has accepted my invitation to become a Canon Emeritus of the Cathedral Chapter of the Diocese, thereby retaining a strong link with this diocese, which he loves.”