hackney_archdeacon_460

Revd Elizabeth Adekunle has been appointed the Archdeacon of Hackney

A priest who trained at St Luke’s Church in Homerton has been announced as the new Archdeacon of Hackney.

The Revd Elizabeth Adekunle, has succeeded the Venerable Rachel Treweek, who has been appointed as the next Bishop of Gloucester and takes up the position next year.

Revd Adekunle, who has served as an on-call chaplain at Homerton Hospital, will take on the senior clerical position within the Diocese of London, overseeing parishes in Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets.

As the Archdeacon of Hackney, Adekunle will perform a number of important roles, including supporting clergy, carrying out diocesan policy and taking responsibility for church buildings.

Adekunle read Theology at Birmingham University and did a Masters degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in African Christianity and Development.

She trained for priesthood at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, during which she completed a second Masters in Pastoral Care and Counselling.

While a Chaplain at Cambridge, Adekunle was heavily involved in supporting welfare structures at the college, offering counselling support to the 850 undergraduates and research students as well as over 200 staff.

Revd Adekunle said: “I am very much looking forward to returning to East London, an area which is close to my heart and to working with and serving the people of Stepney.”

The Bishop of London said: “Elizabeth is a hugely gifted priest and I am confident she will make a significant contribution to the area as well as to the policy formation and the life of the Diocese as a whole”

Support us

The coronavirus outbreak meant that the Hackney Citizen was unable to print a monthly newspaper for three months.

We're grateful that we have since been able to resume printing. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our readers, whose donations kept the paper from disappearing completely at a distressing time for residents.

A huge thank you to everyone who gave their time and money to support us through the lockdown, and to those who continue to do so as we slowly recover from the dramatic fall in advertising revenues, on top of the existing challenges threatening the future of local journalism.

A one-off donation or a regular contribution from anyone who can afford it will help our small team keep the newspaper in print and the website running in the coming months and years.

Find out how you can donate.

Thank you for your support, and stay safe.

The Hackney Citizen team