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Appointment of Acting Archdeacon

The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, is pleased to announce that the Reverend Clive Hogger has been appointed as Acting Archdeacon in a newly created post.

Clive will begin this new ministry on July 1st, working initially work alongside the Archdeacon Pastor, the Venerable John Green, until his retirement at the end of August this year. From September Clive will take on the full responsibility of Archdeacon Pastor until a permanent Archdeacon Pastor is in place as proposed in January 2018. 

Upon announcing Clive’s appointment, Bishop Christopher said:

I’m delighted that Clive well be bringing his energy and expertise to this innovative role for the Diocese. Having a period working   alongside John Green will give Clive a chance to develop the knowledge and skills of this complex task before he takes on the full role from September, and prepares the way for a new, permanent Archdeacon Pastor. We will be advertising for that post soon and hope to have someone in place in early 2018. 

I’m very grateful to the church wardens and the rest of the team at Coventry All Saints for being ready to release Clive for this wider ministry across the Diocese, and I look forward to working with him.


Clive is currently vicar of Coventry All Saints and Area Dean for Coventry East. Having initially read Philosophy at The University of Sheffield and unsuccessfully pursued a career as a dance music DJ he then studied at Kings College, London where he trained to be a Registered Mental Health Nurse with the Nightingale Institute. Having worked in teams specialising in psychosis, substance misuse and under 18s in London, Birmingham and Coventry he responded to a call to ordained ministry and trained at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, before being ordained deacon in Coventry Cathedral in 2008.

Clive never really left his passion for mental health and wellbeing behind and he helped to start a charity called Keeping Health in Mind run by his wife, Ali (who is also an ordained minister), which aims to encourage and equip churches to engage with the issue. They have three children, Tom, Jake and Iona, two of whom are at university and one at secondary school, and a 2 year old Labrador called Teddy.

Clive has a passion for social justice and is involved with both the Coventry Street Pastors Initiative and the Coventry Winter Night Shelter. He has been in his present post since 2011 and has overseen a pastoral scheme which has resulted in the formation of the new parish of Coventry All Saints, of which he is vicar, which incorporates two existing worship centres in a vibrant if somewhat unglamorous city centre area increasingly populated by students and young adults.

Much of Clive’s working life and ministry has involved enabling people to reach a deeper sense of purpose and understanding, especially during hard times or when in conflict, and he hopes to be able to serve the whole diocese of Coventry in an edifying and useful manner during this interim appointment. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and is inspired by seeing growth in the kingdom of God.

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