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It is with gratitude and great pride that we announce that The Venerable Colin Williams has been appointed to serve from September as Archdeacon in the Church of England's Diocese in Europe. His title will be Archdeacon of Germany, Northern Europe and Archdeacon of the East.

Since 2010, Colin has served as Rector of Ludlow; he has served as the Team Rector of the 17 churches of the Ludlow Team Ministry as well as Rector of the 'Cathedral of the Marches '- St Laurence, Ludlow. Prior to his appointment in Ludlow, Colin had been Archdeacon of Lancaster and, latterly, worked in Geneva as the General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches. A graduate of Oxford, Colin began his professional career as a solicitor in Wigan before his ordination in 1981.

The Rt Rev'd Richard Frith, Bishop of Hereford: 'Colin has been a faithful servant, gentle pastor and much loved member of the community of the market town of Ludlow; on my recent visit I observed, first hand, the significant esteem in which he is held within the town. I am sorry he is leaving, but I fully appreciate that he is absolutely the right man for the job he's going to.'

Deputy Mayor of Ludlow, Paul Kemp: 'From a personal point of view, I will miss him both as a friend and a counsellor. He has worked hard for the church and for the community at large, and there will be many people very sorry to see him leave. On behalf of the Mayor, the town councillors and the town as a whole, I would also like to say that we are very pleased for him; we congratulate him and wish him all the very best in his challenging future.'

Colin himself comments: 'It has been a great privilege to serve as Rector of Ludlow. I am very grateful for the friendship and support which has been shown to me throughout the town and the surrounding villages. I shall leave Ludlow with a sense of sadness but, at the same time, I feel myself enormously privileged to have been entrusted with pioneering to this new and challenging post in the service of the Church of England's chaplaincies across the European mainland.

More information is available here: Diocese in Europe.