First Indian to Hold a Senior Post in Church of England
Fr John Perumbalath is the first Indian to be selected as the new Archdeacon of Barking. An Archdeacon who takes the title “The Venerable,” is a senior clergy in an Anglican diocese who has primary responsibility for the care, of churches and priests in his archdeaconry. He inducts new parish priests into their parishes.
The Revd Dr John Perumbalath is from Kerala, ordained in the church of North India in 1994. He left his career as a university lecturer and joined the St James’ Church, Calcutta as a vicar, after which he came to UK in 2001.
- Fr John Perumbalath first Indian to Hold a Senior Post in Church of England
He is now a Vicar of All Saints Church, Perry Street in the diocese of Rochester and the Diocesan Urban Officer. He is also a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, and is a freelance lecturer in theology and philosophy.
The Archdeaconry of Barking comprises the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering. The Venerable Dr John Perumbalath will be based in Hornchurch.