David Picken

The Archdeacon of Newark

David Picken was installed as the Archdeacon of Newark on Sunday, 19th February 2012. Previously he was Team Rector of High Wycombe in the Diocese of Oxford.

Talking about his role, David said “ I feel privileged to be called to work in this diocese, especially as my role is a ‘coming home’ to some extent. I hope to be able to share insights and experience gained to date to help forward our vision for a ministry and mission based on the renewing power of God and a commitment to proclaim the gospel in ways new and traditional. I am particularly excited by the challenge of helping our parishes continue to develop an appropriate way of being distinctively present in and for each community as people of God called to follow Jesus. I am also looking to encourage a confidence in the gospel shown by parishes and deaneries working together as partners in the transforming mission of God.”

David was born in Hednesford, Staffordshire in 1963 and was educated locally. In 1984 he graduated with a BA Hons in English Literature and Religious Studies from London. The following year David completed a PGCE and married Cathy, also a teacher. After a short teaching career, including a time in Retford, David went to Lincoln Theological College to study for the priesthood. In 1990 David was ordained deacon and served as a curate in the Worth Team Ministry in Chichester diocese. In 1993 he became a Team Vicar in Wordsley in Worcester Diocese. Here he pioneered a church plant and was a half-time hospital chaplain. In 1997 David was appointed Team Rector within the same Team and became Area Dean in 2001. In 2004 David moved to High Wycombe as Team Rector. He served as Area Dean until preparing to move Southwell and Nottingham and was made an Honorary Canon of Christ Church in 2011.

In his spare time, David enjoys cricket and football and is a Manchester United supporter, but now aims to take a keen interest in the Stags (Mansfield Town FC) as well. His wife Cathy, who is a qualified Primary school teacher, is a nationally accredited practitioner for ‘Godly Play ‘. She is a Trustee of Lighthouse an annual Children’s summer event attended by over a 1000 children. Cathy and David live in Edwinstowe, in the heart of Sherwood Forest, with their golden retriever Rosa and cocker spaniel Bertie

He can be contacted:

by email: archdeacon-newark@southwell.anglican.org
via his Southwell Office: 01636 817206
at home in Edwinstowe: 01623 238957
on his mobile: 07917 690576


PA to the Archdeacon
Jo Padmore
01636 817206