Military archdeacons

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The most senior Anglican chaplain in each branch of the British Armed Forces (Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force) is made an archdeacon in the Church of England. Respectively they are titled the Archdeacon for the Royal Navy, the Archdeacon for the Army, and the Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force. As an archdeacon, he/she is styled The Venerable.[1]

Archdeacon for the Royal Navy[edit]

The Archdeacon for the Royal Navy is the senior Anglican chaplain of the Royal Navy Chaplaincy Service. Since 2012, this has been Ian Wheatley.

Until 1998, the most senior Anglican chaplain had also be head of the Chaplaincy Service as the Chaplain of the Fleet. Since then, chaplains from other denominations have also been able to be appointed Chaplain of the Fleet but when an Anglican becomes head he/she holds both appointments concurrently.

  • Simon Golding (1998 to 2002); also Chaplain of the Fleet from 2000 to 2002
  • Barry Hammett (2002 to 2006); also Chaplain of the Fleet from 2002 to 2006
  • John Green (2006 to 2010); also Chaplain of the Fleet from 2006 to 2010
  • Martin Poll (2010 to 2012)
  • Ian Wheatley (2012 to present); also Chaplain of the Fleet since 2014

Archdeacon for the Army[edit]

The Archdeacon for the Army is the senior Anglican chaplain of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department (RAChD), British Army. Since 2011, this has been Peter Eagles.

Until 1987, the most senior Anglican chaplain had also be head of the RAChD as its Chaplain General. Since then, chaplains from other denominations have also been able to be appointed Chaplain General but when an Anglican becomes head he/she holds both appointments concurrently.

Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force[edit]

The Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force is the most senior Anglican chaplain of the Royal Air Force Chaplains Branch. He/she also holds the position of Principal Anglican Chaplain. Since 2014, this has been Jonathan Chaffey.

Until 2006, the most senior Anglican chaplain had also be head of the Chaplains Branch as its Chaplain-in-Chief. Since then, chaplains from other denominations have also been able to be appointed Chaplain-in-Chief but when an Anglican becomes head he/she holds all three appointments concurrently.

  • Ray Pentland (2006 to 2014); also Chaplain-in-Chief from 2009 to 2014
  • Jonathan Chaffey (2014 to present); also Chaplain-in-Chief since 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chaplains to Her Majesty's Services". Crockford's Clerical Directory. The Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 27 September 2016.