Three New Area Deans Formally Licensed

At the opening of the 4 day Gibraltar Archdeaconry Synod in Torevieja (Southern Spain) Bishop David and Interim Archdeacon Geoff Johnston licensed three new Area Deans to assist in pastoral care and oversight of the area which includes mainland Spain, Portugal and Morocco with the islands of the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

Bob Bates, Chaplain in the Algarve, Mike Smith from Tenerife and David Waller, Priest in Charge of Mallorca (Majorca) will assist the Archdeacon’s duties with visits to churches, guidance in recruiting new clergy and welcoming new priests and offering support to them.

During their official welcome Bishop David thanked their local churches for supporting the Area Deans in the wider ministry and said he hoped that the three would be blessed as they offered clergy and people a “better network of care and companionship”.

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