David is a former Chair of the ReSource Trustees and current chair of the Trustees of One Fire Mission. Since February 2020 he has served as the Archdeacon of Lancaster in the Diocese of Blackburn.

David was born in Hednesford, Staffordshire, in 1963 and was educated locally. In 1984 he graduated with a BA Hons in English Literature and Religious Studies from London University.

The following year David completed a PGCE and married Cathy, also a teacher. After a short teaching career, including a time in Retford, David went to Lincoln Theological College to study for ordination. In 1990 David was ordained deacon and served as a Curate in the Worth Team Ministry in Chichester diocese.

In 1993 he became a Team Vicar in Wordsley in Worcester Diocese. Here he pioneered a church plant and was a half-time hospital chaplain. In 1997 David was appointed Team Rector within the same team and became Area Dean in 2001.

In 2004 David moved to High Wycombe as Team Rector. He served as Area Dean, and from 2011 was an Honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, before in 2012 becoming Archdeacon of Newark in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

In his spare time, David enjoys cricket and football and is a Manchester United supporter. His wife Cathy is a nationally accredited practitioner for ‘Godly Play’. She is also a Trustee of Lighthouse, an annual Children’s summer event attended by more than 1000 children.

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'Thin' Places

2 months ago

In this week’s Blog Archdeacon David Picken, former Chair of the ReSource Trustees, helps us to think about ‘thin’ places where God’s presence and reign break into our world, and then encourages us to...

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