A PORTSMOUTH archdeacon has announced he is to retire at the end of the year.
Ven Dr Trevor Reader, archdeacon of Portsdown, 66, will hold his final service on Christmas Day.
The father-of-six, who has served as archdeacon of Portsdown since 2006, said: ‘I have enjoyed my time immensely as parish priest, archdeacon, and all the other roles I’ve taken within the diocese.
‘This is a thriving part of the Church of England, with a network of fantastic clergy and worshippers who help share the gospel in innovative ways.
‘I’ll miss being part of that, and working alongside some great colleagues. But I plan to continue living within the diocese and helping out.’
Dr Reader previously served as archdeacon of the Isle of Wight and as a parish priest in the Anglican diocese of Portsmouth since 1986.
He has been one of three archdeacons in the Portsmouth diocese. The post involves supporting Church of England clergy in Portsmouth and Havant
There will be a farewell service at Portsmouth Cathedral, in Old Portsmouth, on December 9.