The first Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes has been appointed.
The Rev Martin Lloyd Williams is moving from Bath to take up the post which was created this year by the Church of England.
Mr Lloyd Williams was ordained as a priest in 1994. He has been the rector of St Michael’s Without in the city centre of Bath for the past 17 years. And for the past four years he has been the Rural Dean of Bath.
He said: “I am delighted to be joining the Diocese of Chichester at this exciting time. I am really looking forward to getting to know the people of Sussex and serving the churches in the archdeaconry of Brighton and Lewes.”
Brighton and Hove came under the Archdeacon of Chichester Douglas McKittrick until the fourth archdeaconry in the diocese – the area overseen by a bishop – was created this year.
The Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner said: “I am delighted that Martin has accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming him to the diocese and to working with him as a member of the senior staff team.
“Martin brings wide experience of parish ministry, working in a city where all traditions of church flourish, and this will be a huge asset in this important new role.
“I hope everyone will join me in welcoming Martin to the diocese at a time when we are at an advanced stage in developing our vision and growth strategy for 2015 and beyond.”
Mr Lloyd Williams is married to Jackie and they have three grown up children.
He will be moving to the Diocese of Chichester from the city of Bath and will take up his post in the new year.
Archdeacons work with deaneries in the diocese in tandem with the bishops as well as assisting in the day-to-day running of church through its boards and committees.