Elwin Cockett

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Elwin Cockett
Archdeacon of West Ham
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Church Church of England
Diocese Chelmsford
In office2007 to present
Predecessor Michael Fox
Other postsChaplain to West Ham United (1992–2012)
Orders
Ordination1991 (deacon)
1992 (priest)
Personal details
Birth nameElwin Wesley Cockett
Born (1959-05-24) 24 May 1959 (age 60)
India
NationalityBritish
Denomination Anglicanism
SpouseSue
ChildrenThree
Education Akosombo International School
Malmesbury Primary School
St Paul's Cathedral School
Forest School, Walthamstow
Alma mater Oak Hill College

Elwin Wesley Cockett (born 24 May 1959) is a British Anglican priest and chaplain. Since October 2007, he has been the Archdeacon of West Ham in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

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Cockett grew up in India, Ghana and England. He was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School and was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, at Akosombo International School in Ghana, and at Forest School, Walthamstow. He trained for ordination at the Aston Training Scheme and studied theology at Oak Hill College, a Conservative Evangelical theological college, though Cockett himself identifies more with the Open Evangelical tradition.

Having been ordained in the Church of England, Cockett served his curacy at St Chad's Church, Chadwell Heath from 1991 to 1994. He then moved to St Paul's Church, Harold Hill, where he was successively an assistant curate (1994–1995), priest-in-charge (1995–1997), and vicar (1997–2000). He was Team Rector of Billericay and Little Burstead from 2000 to 2007, and Rural Dean of Basildon from 2004 to 2007. Additionally, he was Chaplain to West Ham United F.C. between 1992 and 2012, and also a chaplain to the athletes competing in 2012 Summer Olympics.

Early life and education

Cockett was born on 24 May 1959 in India where his father was working as a missionary doctor. [1] [2] [3] He was brought up in India, Somerset, Ghana, and East London. [3] [4]

Cockett was educated at the primary department of Akosombo International School, then a mostly expatriate school in Ghana, [5] and then at Malmesbury Primary School in East London. [6] Between 1968 and 1972, he was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School, an independent preparatory school in the City of London; [7] during this time he was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. [4] From 1973 to 1977, he was educated at Forest School, then an all-boys independent school in Walthamstow, London, where he held a music scholarship. [3] [4] [8]

After completing his schooling, Cockett worked for HM Civil Service and the National Health Service. [4] [7] He worked at the Inland Revenue for five years, and then became the Practice Manager of the Bethnal Green Medical Mission, a GP surgery in London. [6] It was during the latter job that he began to explore his call to ordination. [6]

Ordained ministry

In 1986, Cockett entered the Aston Training Scheme to prepare for ordination. [2] This was a two-year part-time scheme that was led by Laurie Green and aimed to prepare its students for theological college. [6] He studied theology at Oak Hill College, a Conservative Evangelical theological college in London, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1991. [2]

Cockett was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon on 30 June 1991 by John Waine, the Bishop of Chelmsford, [9] and as a priest in 1992. [2] From 1991 to 1994, he served his curacy at St Chad's Church, Chadwell Heath, an Evangelical church in the Diocese of Chelmsford. [2] [4] In 1994, he joined St Paul's Church, Harold Hill. [2] [4] He served as an assistant curate from 1994 to 1995, as priest-in-charge from 1995 to 1997, and then vicar. [2] In 2000, he became Team Rector of Billericay and Little Burstead. [2] [10] From June 2004, he was also the Rural Dean of Basildon. [11]

In addition to his parish ministry, Cockett worked as a chaplain. For 20 years, from 1992 to 2012, he was Chaplain to West Ham United F.C. [2] [4] [10] During the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, he was chosen as one of the 193 multi-faith chaplains, and he ministered to the athletes and officials of the games. [4] [12]

In June 2007, it was announced that Cockett would be the next Archdeacon of West Ham. [10] [13] He took up the appointment in October 2007 in succession to Michael Fox. [7] [10] His archdeaconry originally covered the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest; [10] since the creation of the Archdeaconry of Barking in 2013, it has covered Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest. [14] In September 2014, he additionally became the Chair of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Education which oversees 140 church schools. [15]

Though he attended a Conservative Evangelical theological college, Cockett has identified himself within the Open Evangelical tradition of the Church of England. [6]

Other work

Outside of his ordained ministry, Cockett is involved in charity work and is a school governor. Since January 2008, he has been a trustee of Aston Mansfield, a charity centred on the London Borough of Newham. [7] [16] He is also a trustee of The Reverend Doctor George Richards' Charity For Poor Clergymen, a charity that assists Church of England clergy who have retired early due to ill health and their families. [17] Since 2011, he has been a governor of Forest School, Walthamstow. [3]

Personal life

Cockett is married to Sue, who he met while he was performing in a play at Forest School. [4] [6] Together, they have three children; Sarah, Rachel, and the opera singer Thomas Elwin. [3] [4] [6] [18]

Cockett is a fan of West Ham United F.C. [4] He is a keen musician, having held a music scholarship at Forest School and having been a boy chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. [3] [4] He is a member of the Dry Bones Band that occasionally plays "at events in Chelmsford Cathedral". [6] He is also interested in motorcycling. [3] [8]

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