Our Vicar

Father Dane Batley-Gladden

Father Dane became vicar here at St Mary's in November 2014.

As part of his duties, he provides support to a number of organizations in the local community.  He has been a school governor since 2000, joining the governors of St Mary's Primary School in 2014 when he became vicar here.  He was elected vice chair in 2017 and has served as chair of governors since 2020.  He is a member of the Royal British Legion and since 2017 has been Branch Chaplain for Swanley, Crockenhill & Hextable Royal British Legion and since 2018 has served as Branch President.  Fr Dane became Mayor's Chaplain for Swanley Town Council in 2017 and this has been renewed each year since.  In 2020, he began the process of becoming a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Naval Reserve, as chaplain to the Chislehurst and Sidcup Sea Cadets Unit.  Sustaining a link with his previous parish, Father Dane is a patron of the BYT Charity associated with the Orion Primary School (click here for more details, we always need support!)

He was born and brought up in Belvedere and after a career in finance and admin trained for the priesthood at St Stephen's House, Oxford.  Fr Dane was made deacon in 1999 by the Rt Rev'd Richard Chartres and served in the parish of St Alphage, Burnt Oak, he was ordained priest in 2000 by the Rt Rev'd Peter Wheatley.  In 2001, Father Dane moved to serve the parish's daughter church, St Augustine's, which is on the Grahame Park estate.  Whilst at Grahame Park, he served as a trustee of the London Diocesan Board for Schools, chaired the Colindale Communities Trust and, briefly, the advisory board of the Wingfield Sure Start Centre.  He was also vice chair of the Grahame Park Regeneration Partnership Board.  He became chairman of governors for Goldbeaters Primary School in 2001 and chairman of The Orion primary school's governing body in 2002.  These two schools were joined in a federation in 2004, and he served as chair of governors from then until 2014 when he left Grahame Park to become vicar of St Mary's Swanley.

Our Bishop

The Right Reverend Norman Banks
Bishop of Richborough

Bishop Norman is an assistant bishop in the diocese of Rochester and is a Provincial Episcopal Visitor, appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Bishop Norman served parishes in the north east and in Norfolk before being appointed as bishop.   Bishop Norman looks after the eastern half of the Province of Canterbury with dioceses stretching from Lincoln in the north to Winchester in the south and from Leicester in the west to Norfolk in the east.

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Our Diocesan Bishop

The Right Reverend James Langstaff
Lord Bishop of Rochester

Bishop James retired in July 2021: we should like to thank him for his wonderful kindness to St Mary's and wish him well in his retirement.  A successor is expected to be in post during mid-late 2022.  Until then, Bishop Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge is overseeing the diocese and we are praying for him as he looks after our diocese. 

Bishop James became Bishop of Rochester in 2010 after six years as Bishop of Lynn in the Diocese of Norwich.   He has also been Bishop to HM Prisons since 2013. 

 

He served in parishes in Guildford and Birmingham before his consecration as bishop, including a spell as chaplain to the Bishop of Birmingham. 

 

​As part of the arrangements for those who continue to have reservations regarding the ordination of women, Bishop James delegates sacramental care of St Mary's to Bishop Norman but remains keenly interested in, and supportive of, our ministry and witness.

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OUR OFFICERS

 

Churchwardens

Christine Parkes and Kevin Merrick are our churchwardens. Both offer their voluntary service to St Mary's enabling us to prosper.

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