Norfolk archdeacon announces retirement

martin-gray2008: The Archdeacon of Lynn, a former chemical engineer and the current County Chaplain for the Scouts,  is to retire from his full-time ministry next February.

The Venerable Martin Gray has been Archdeacon of Lynn since 1999. Before ordination, he worked in Norwich as a chemical engineer with May and Baker as a design engineer, and then with Dow Chemical in King's Lynn, firstly as a process engineer and later as project manager and plant manager.

He left the chemical industry in 1978 to train for ordained ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge and in 1980, following ordination, began a four year curacy at St Faith's, Gaywood in King's Lynn. He moved to Sheringham in 1984 where he served as Vicar until 1994 when he took up the post of Team Rector in the St Margaret Lowestoft Team.

In 1999 he was appointed Archdeacon of Lynn and serves as Bishop's Adviser for Hospital Chaplaincy. He chairs the parish finance group that monitors and advises on parish share policy. He chairs deanery assessors meetings and is also County Chaplain for the Scouts. He is married to Pauline and they have three sons.

Announcing his intention to retire at the end of February, the Archdeacon said, “I have very mixed feelings about retiring. It has been a wonderful privilege, a great joy and a lot of fun to serve the Church and the people of this Diocese in various guises for the whole of my ordained ministry over the past 28 years and to make so many friends in the process.

"Part of me wants that to go on for ever. Another part, though, is greatly looking forward to shedding the responsibility, having more time for the family, playing more golf and discovering other things that God might have for me to do. I am very pleased that Pauline and I have our retirement home in Hethersett so will still be able to feel very much at home and be close to our many friends and colleagues.”


The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James said, “Martin has been a wonderful friend of clergy, churchwardens and congregations in his archdeaconry. An archdeacon often has to deal with the nuts and bolts of church life – buildings and structures – but Martin has always put people first and God at the centre. We will miss him greatly and wish him a very fulfilling retirement.”


A farewell service will be held at Norwich Cathedral at 3.30pm on Sunday 25th January, to which everyone is welcome.


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