Archdeacon of Man














The Venerable Andrew Brown

Archdeacon of Man
16 Devonshire Road
Isle of Man

Archdeacon's Personal Assistant
Mrs Jane Brown
T: +44 1624 675430

Synod Secretary
Mrs Michelle Barwood

As well as the practical information which follows you may like to refer to the footnotes:


The Role of the Archdeacon of Man

Historical Footnote: what is an archdeacon?

The Archdeacon chairs some key diocesan committees, and is a member of all of them (by Diocesan Standing Orders, not voluntarily). See below:

Appendix (to the Standing Orders of the Diocesan Synod) – list of all diocesan committees.



Diocesan Board of Finance

Chair: The Archdeacon

Vice Chair: Julian Power

Secretary: Mrs Michelle Barwood

The full Board meets at least twice in each year, a month or so ahead of the Diocesan Synods in July and November. It has an Executive Committee, which meets more frequently to implement the Synod’s and the Board’s policies and decisions and to monitor their progress.

Under the Church Act 1992 the Board of Finance is responsible for the operation of the central financial functions for the diocese. In discharging its duty the Board carries out the following functions:

  • providing for the costs of running the diocese
  • preparation of an annual budget which is presented to and approved by Synod
  • the collection from the parishes of contributions to the Shared Ministry Fund
  • the payment of stipends together with associated national insurance and pension costs
  • the provision of housing for clergy and others holding office under common tenure
  • payment of the diocese´s share of central Church expenditure, including for training for the ministry
  • payment of compensation to clergy who lose office on pastoral reorganisation
  • the management of certain Church trusts where the income is available for restricted
  • acting as custodian trustee of certain funds and property managed by parochial bodies
  • the approval of all sales of Church land and the administration of the proceeds of sale
  • the management and disposal of closed churches
  • the making of schemes altering the objects, trusteeship, administration etc. of funds or property held for Church purposes
  • the making of regulations specifying the terms of service of clergy and others holding office under common tenure



The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches

DAC membership:

Chair : The Venerable Andrew Brown

Mr Ernie de Legh-Runciman (Bells and Tower Adviser)

Mr Geoff Sharpe (retired architect who advises generally on construction and materials)

Mr Tony Pass (ditto)

Mr Steve Hamer (electrical and AV Adviser)

Mr Gerry Callister

The Archdeacon chairs the DAC. The Committee is there to advise parishes on building matters, particularly with regards to the need for a Faculty to undertake major works and the DAC advises the Vicar General who issues faculties on the merits of each case. 

For full details of the process please see the Diocesan Registry's website

The Archdeacon should be the first port of call concerning all but the most minor of works to church buildings and burial grounds and he will advise the parish as to which permissions are needed (List A, List B or Faculty)and he will tell you with whom you need to consult e.g. Manx Heritage, the Conservation Officer or one of the DACs experts, etc. 

All the details including an 8 point step guide right through the Faculty procedure to completion, and the various forms to be completed as Word or PDF documents can be found at the website the website of the retired Diocesan Registrar and current Chair of the Diocesan Legislative Committee, Ken Gumbley. Don’t be put off by his material about Kirk Braddan etc., simply scroll down the left hand column to  the bottom box and click on the link “Diocesan Registry”. Then click on the link “Faculty Procedure”.

The DAC prefer applications in electronic form with the various documents as attachments, in which the Word files. If you will find it easier, then hard copy applications, in duplication, may be made, in which case us the PDF forms.

We strongly advise you to consult the Archdeacon about projected works before you have even passed a PCC resolution (although after initial discussions in PCC and a general agreement in principle). He may wish to visit the church or ask other members of the DAC to visit to discuss.

The DAC meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each January, March, May, July, September and November and applications for advice needs to be with the Secretary to the DAC Mrs Michelle Barwood ( at least 10 days before a meeting.


The Diocesan Property Committee

The Property Committee is a sub-committee of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) and is consists of the Chair and Vice Chair, two lay members of the DBF, two clergy members of the DBF.

Chair: Ven Andie Brown

Vice chair: Julian Power

2 lay members of the DBF (Steve Hamer and Sue Waring)

2 clergy members of the DBF (Revd Canon Dr Joe Heaton and Revd Canon John Coldwell)

Co-opted member: Major Charles Wilson

Secretary Mrs Michelle Barwood (non-voting)

The Diocesan Surveyor is in attendance

The diocesan 'Guide to Living in a Parsonage' is available … and a hard copy should be in each Vicarage Study.

You may wish to also look at the Church of England's guidelines, 'Parsonages: A Design Guide', commonly referred to as 'The Green Guide'.

We are seek to maintain our parsonages up to this standard and to recognise certain principles agreed across the Church of England:

  • That under Common Tenure, stipendiary incumbents have a right in law to a certain standard of housing. 
  • That in the interests of fair play and natural justice amongst our stipendiary Incumbents (i.e. Vicars) this standard has a minimum and a maximum standard.
  • That we have to be able to afford this housing as a diocese and we need to steward our precious resources (the clergy) and our material resources (the housing stock) well and wisely.

The Property Committee generally meets every other month beginning in January each year.


Grants for Church Building Work

The Archdeacon also chairs the Squire Trust, which comprises of the Archdeacon and the Rural Deans/Mission Partnership Leaders. Each parish church may make an application for a small grant towards building work in each year.

Applications in writing to the Archdeacon by 30th July each year.


The Role of the Archdeacon of Man

The office of Archdeacon of Man has a long history in the Manx Church. There was an Archdeacon of Man before the 13th century, but the first one whose name is recorded is Laurance, who served before 1248 and was elected bishop.

Even today, chiefly through an accident of history whereby the Bishop of Sodor and Man was his own Dean and the lack of a Sufragan Bishop, the the Archdeacon is “second in dignity only to the Bishop of Sodor and Man” (according to Wikipedia, so it must be true!) – indeed, into the 20th century, the Archdeacon sat in the Manx Government, Tynwald, with a seat and a vote on the Legislative Council, the Upper Chamber, alongside the Bishop.

Even today the Archdeacon exercises a ministry well beyond the church, ranging from e.g. dedicating War Memorials to attending Isle of Man National Team football matches and is honoured to have access to all levels of government in Douglas and the Isle of Man.

As Archdeacon the role includes routine inspections of parishes, their buildings, finances, registers etc. (the Archdeacon’s Visitations) and working closely with the diocese’s two senior lawyers, the Vicar General, Sodor and Man’s equivalent of an English diocese’s Chancellor and the Diocesan Registrar to ensure that Manx Church Law is faithfully complied with.

First and foremost the Archdeacon works very closely with the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man in enabling the Church of England on the Isle of Man to find out what God is doing and join in: to enable the local congregation to engage in the mission of God and to offer relevant and engaging worship.

The Archdeacon, like the bishop, plays a key part in ecumenical relations, and sits on the Board of Churches Alive in Mann (CAIM) and is a welcome guest in churches of other denominations as well as the Church of England.

Historical Footnote: what is an archdeacon?

Archdeacons are the only Anglican clergy not to be referred to as “The Reverend” or a variation of it having the style “The Venerable” which may be abbreviated to “Ven”.

Archdeacons in the Church of England have been senior priests since 1662 although in the primitive church they really were the senior deacon. A Church Council held at Windsor in 1070 ordered “that bishops should appoint archdeacons in their churches” and since then the primary unit of administration in a diocese has been the archdeaconry; the are for which an archdeacon is responsible. In all other diocese of the Church of England there are at least two archdeaconries in each diocese, but in Sodor and Man, there is just the one, bearing the ancient title of “Man” to distinguish it from the Suðreyjar (Sudreys or "southern isles" i.e. the Wstern Isles off the cost of Scotland).

The word archdeacon comes from two Greek words, archos meaning chief and diakonos meaning servant and reminds us that in the Christian church leadership is service and authority is given to slaves: “So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’” (Mark 10:42 – 45).


Appendix (to the Standing Orders of the Diocesan Synod)

The Standing Orders of the Diocesan Synod may be found at  scrolling down the left hand column past the Kirk Braddan material etc and clicking on the link “Diocesan Registry” then scrolling down the left hand column until the link “The Standing Orders of the Sodor and Man Diocesan Synod”, but this is the full list of diocesan committees. According to S.O. 77 the bishop or the archdeacon must be a member of every committee and of any committee which may subsequently be established. Because of the many duties of a diocesan bishop in the wider Church of England this has generally meant the archdeacon.

This is the list of those committees and their membership (by office).

Constitutions of Committees etc.

1. Standing Committee

  • Bishop
  • Archdeacon
  • Proctor in Convocation
  • Lay member of General Synod
  • Diocesan Registrar
  • Chairman of house of clergy
  • Chairman of house of laity
  • Chairman of Diocesan Board of Finance
  • 3 members of house of clergy (elected by that house)
  • 3 members of house of laity (elected by that house)

2. Church Commissioners for the Isle of Man

  • Bishop
  • Archdeacon
  • One actual communicant member of Church of England, appointed by Diocesan Board of Finance
  • 3 persons, being clerks in Holy Orders, elected by the synod
  • 4 persons, being of the laity, elected by the synod

3. Sodor and Man Diocesan Board of Finance

  • Bishop
  • Archdeacon
  • 12 members appointed or elected by synod (not more than half to be clergy)

4. Legislative Committee

  • Bishop
  • Archdeacon
  • Vicar General
  • Proctor in Convocation
  • Lay member of General Synod
  • 3 members of house of clergy (elected by synod)
  • 4 members of house of laity (elected by synod)

5. Vacancy in See Committee

  • Archdeacon
  • Dean of the Cathedral
  • Proctor in Convocation
  • Lay member of General Synod
  • Chairman of house of clergy
  • Chairman of house of laity
  • 8 beneficed or licensed clergy (elected by house of clergy)
  • 9 actual communicant lay persons on electoral roll of parish in diocese (elected by house of laity)

6. Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches

  • Archdeacon
  • 2 members of synod appointed by synod
  • Not more than 4 persons appointed by Bishop

(Committee may co-opt additional non-voting members)


To which we may add, but it isn’t in Standing Orders:

Property Committee as a sub-committee of the DBF

  • Archdeacon
  • Elected by DBF two clergy two lay members
  • Co-opted: one member has been co-opted by the Committee to aid in the buying and selling of houses
  • In attendance: Synod Secretary, Diocesan Surveyor, Diocesan Treasurer

(The Committee may co-opt additional members)

Grants for Church Building Work

The Archdeacon also chairs the Squire Trust, which comprises of the Archdeacon and the Rural Deans/Mission Partnership Leaders. Each parish church may make an application for a small grant towards building work in each year.

Applications in writing to the Archdeacon by 30th July each year.

Diocesan Organ Adviser

The Diocesan Adviser for all matters involving church organs is Gareth Moore who can be contacted on email at