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Next Archdeacon of Cambridge appointed

Photo of Ash Wednesday 2014The Revd Dr Alexander Hughes

The Revd Dr Alexander Hughes, Vicar of Southsea St Luke and St Peter, has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Cambridge. He succeeds the Ven John Beer who retired in March.

Dr Hughes was ordained in Oxford in 2000. He served his curacy at Headington Quarry in Oxford diocese before moving to the Diocese of Portsmouth as Bishop's Chaplain in 2003.

Since 2008 Alex has been a parish priest in inner-city Portsmouth. He is also Chair of Governors at a Charter Academy.

The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, said: “I am delighted that Alex Hughes has accepted the invitation to become the next Archdeacon of Cambridge.

“Alex comes to us as an exceptional priest who encouraged the appointment panel with his passion for God, theological maturity and heart for the clergy and parishes. He comes with excellent educational experience as chair of a secondary academy to take on the role as Chair of the Board of Education.

“Alex is already eager to be involved in what we are seeking to develop as our generous and transformative vision in how we serve God’s mission across our diocese.”

Speaking about his appointment, Alex said: "I am hugely excited about joining the Diocese of Ely. I especially look forward to serving the parishes and deaneries of the archdeaconry, as they respond to the call to mission with generosity and imagination, and to working with the Board of Education in support of the Church's ministry in schools."

Alex’s wife, Sarah, is a trainee psychodynamic counsellor, and they have two children, Thomas (8) and Joseph (5). 

In his spare time Alex enjoys cooking and entertaining, reading, music and theatre. He took up running in 2012 and is currently training for the London Marathon.

Notice of collation date:

The Bishop of Ely will collate the Revd Dr Alex Hughes as Archdeacon of Cambridge on Sunday 14 September.

The service will take place at 3 pm in Great St Mary's church in Cambridge.

The Revd Dr Alexander Hughes: Biography

Alex was born in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, though he grew up on the south coast of England, in Southampton and Seaford. He came from a Christian family, but it was not until he was at Oxford studying theology that he sensed a call to ordination.

After graduating Alex worked as a factory labourer at Parker Pen. In 1998 he married Sarah, and they spent their honeymoon back-packing round East Africa, Australia and Fiji. On return they moved to Westcott House in Cambridge where Alex completed his ordination training and undertook post-graduate study.

Alex was ordained in Oxford in 2000. He served his curacy at Headington Quarry, before moving to Portsmouth diocese as Bishop's Chaplain. Since 2008 he has been a parish priest in inner-city Portsmouth. Among his duties in Portsmouth Alex is Chair of Governors at a secondary Academy.