Canterbury Diocese is split into three Archdeaconries: Canterbury, Ashford and Maidstone. Each Archdeaconry comprises several deaneries.

Archdeacons are senior clergy who, along with the Bishop of Dover, are part of the Senior Management Team of the Diocese.

Archdeacons take particular responsibility for the welfare of clergy and their families, for church buildings and for implementation of Diocesan Priorities within the Archdeaconry. They play a significant role in the appointment, oversight, discipline and pastoral care of the clergy; they induct and install ministers, conduct visitations of parishes, and care for Churchwardens in their office. They also provide advice and support regarding church fabric, faculties, pastoral re-organisation, parsonages and church buildings.

The Archdeacons in Canterbury Diocese also play a leading role in the Diocesan Frameworks:

  • Licensed Ministries: Vacant
  • Local Church Development: Archdeacon Philip
  • Community and Partnerships: Archdeacon Stephen

Archdeacon of Canterbury

The Ven Jo Kelly-Moore
The Archdeaconry,
29 The Precincts,
Canterbury, CT1 2EP
Tel: 01227 865238
Fax: 01227 785209

Canterbury Archdeaconry includes the deaneries of:

  • Canterbury
  • East Bridge
  • Reculver
  • Thanet
  • West Bridge

Archdeacon of Ashford

The Ven Darren Miller (from 13 January 2018)
The Archdeaconry,
Pett Lane,
Ashford, TN27 0DL
Tel: 01233 712649

Ashford Archdeaconry includes the deaneries of:

  • Ashford
  • Dover
  • Elham
  • Romney and Tenterden
  • Sandwich

Archdeacon of Maidstone

The Ven Stephen Taylor
The Archdeaconry,
4 Redcliffe Lane,
Penenden Heath,
Maidstone, ME14 2AG
Tel: 01622 200221

Maidstone Archdeaconry includes the deaneries of:

  • Maidstone
  • North Downs
  • Ospringe
  • Sittingbourne
  • Weald
Joanna Manser
PA to the Archdeacon of Canterbury
Louise Mills
PA to Archdeacon of Ashford
Mrs Samantha Mann
PA to Archdeacon of Maidstone


The Venerable Philip Down – Archdeacon of Ashford

Philip was born in Australia and came to the UK in 1986. Originally from the Uniting Church in Australia Philip was ordained Deacon and Priest in Lincoln Cathedral 1989. In addition to ecumenical parish posts in Australia and in Lincolnshire he has served as Team Vicar of Grimsby Parish Church 1989-1995 and ‘Rector of St Stephen’s 1995 – 2002′

Among his church interests Philip includes: Ecumenical Theology having trained originally for the ministry of the Uniting Church in Australia in an ecumenical Theological Faculty in Melbourne alongside Anglican and Jesuit ordinands. Philip has attended international ecumenical conferences and an all Asian ecumenical school in Hong Kong and China arranged by the Christian Conference of Asia. Philip also served on the Church of England Faith and Order Advisory Group which advises the House of Bishops on ecumenical matters.

Social Ethics having taught Graduate Nursing students Medical Ethics at the University of Hull, been Chairman of the Research Ethics Committee of the North Lincolnshire Regional NHS Trust and teaching Christian Ethics to final year students of the South East Institute for Theological Education at Canterbury.

Faith – Science Issues having been educated in both Applied Science and Systematic Theology.

Parish Management and Contemporary Mission now being involved as Archdeacon in issues of strategy and planning for Diocese, Deaneries and Parishes working alongside the whole range of ministries in today’s church. Philip is particularly interested in parishes and ministers who are asking questions about how we are to be the Church of Jesus Christ in contemporary British society.

Philip is married to Christine and they have a family of four adult children. The family keep one’ dog – a wonderful Jack Russell terrier called Jessie and a number of rare breed chickens. Philip also greatly enjoys conversation and company, opera, theatre and cinema, poetry, art and travel, fine wine and cooking and eating but, with apologies to all Australians, not sport.

Philip became the Archdeacon of Maidstone in 2002 and following a restructuring of the diocese became the first Archdeacon of Ashford in 2011.

The Venerable Stephen Taylor – Archdeacon of Maidstone

Stephen attributes the start of his Christian journey to his attendance at Sunday School in the open evangelical church of St Peter’s Shipley, the church where he later became confirmed and where he married his wife Julie, a Senior Educational Psychologist.

After training at Cranmer Hall, Durham, Stephen served his curacy at St Mary and St Cuthbert at Chester le Street, before becoming incumbent at St Matthews, Newbottle in Durham Diocese. Between 1983 and 2000, Stephen was the vicar of All Saints Stranton, Hartlepool, a town centre church with a church plant and youth work team; during this time Stephen acted as a training incumbent.

In 2000 Stephen moved to Sunderland where he worked with the local community to make the church accessible and relevant to the people of Sunderland by creating the Urban Minster in the city.

Over recent years Stephen led an ordained team including a University Chaplain, Industrial Chaplain and Minster Chaplain. From 2006-2011, Stephen chaired the Sunderland Local Partnership which worked strategically with among others, the City Council, Primary Care Trust, Chamber of Commerce and Voluntary Sector Organisations. Stephen, who sat on General Synod between 2000 and 2005, was also the Chair of the working group of ‘Church and Society’ for Durham and Newcastle Dioceses from 2005-2006. Over the last ten years, Stephen took the lead in various initiatives in Sunderland including making it a ‘Fair-Trade City’ and establishing a ‘Faith in Communities’ programme to help churches and other partners work together especially for the support of the most vulnerable.

Outside work Stephen and Julie enjoy cycling, exploring Scotland in their small motor cruiser and taking holidays in the Isles of Scilly with their three grown up children and grandchildren.

Stephen became the Archdeacon of Maidstone in September 2011.