Diocese welcomes new Chancellor

The Revd Alex McGregor is welcomed as the new Chancellor of the Diocese at Diocesan Synod

The Revd Alex McGregor is welcomed as the new Chancellor of the Diocese at Diocesan Synod

The Diocese of Oxford has a new Chancellor. He is the Revd Alexander McGregor, who has taken over from the Revd Canon and Worshipful Dr Rupert Bursell QC who served as Chancellor from 2002 and retired on 10 November.

The Diocesan Chancellor is the judge of the consistory court. In practice, he is the vicar-general of the Diocesan Bishop and, as such, advises the Bishop on legal matters and grants common licences.

Alexander McGregor read history at Christ Church, Oxford from 1991-94 and regularly attended the services in the Cathedral.  He was called to the Bar in 1996 and practised in chambers in Lincoln’s Inn until 2006 when he joined the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions at Church House, Westminster.

He was ordained deacon in 2006 and priest in 2007 and serves as a non-stipendiary assistant curate at St Mary’s, Bourne Street in the Diocese of London.  He was appointed Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Oxford in 2007 and Deputy Legal Adviser to the Archbishops’ Council and the General Synod in 2009.

Alex was formally sworn in on Saturday 16 November 2013, at the Diocesan Synod (see left, with John Rees and Bishop John). There will also be a formal welcome to him when his Letters Patent will be delivered in a service of in a service of Evensong at Christ Church on 11 January 2014.

He said: “I am honoured that the Bishop has asked me to take on the chancellorship. I follow a distinguished predecessor, Dr Rupert Bursell, from whom I have learned a great deal during my time as his deputy.  The Diocese of Oxford has more churches than any other diocese of the Church of England which means that there is no shortage or work for the Chancellor. I look forward to working with Bishop John and all involved in the life of the Diocese with whom I will come into contact as Chancellor.”

At the Synod Bishop John paid tribute to the retiring Chancellor for his service, which he said had been conducted with enthusiasm, grace and ability . “We are enormously in your debt,” he said. Dr Bursell replied that it had been “an enormous joy” to serve the diocese.

Bishop John said he was delighted to welcome the new Chancellor who was “one of the most able ecclesiastical lawyers of his generation”.

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