Four new Honorary Canons at Christ Church Cathedral

FOUR new Honorary Canons were installed at Christ Church Cathedral in January. Honorary Canons are clergy selected because of their work within the Diocese of Oxford and the wider church.

THE Revd Mark Dearnley, Area Dean for Wendover and Vicar of Wendover and Halton, was celebrating with his wife Ruth, who had been awarded the OBE for her work as CEO of Stop the Traffik when he got the letter from Bishop john inviting him to become an honorary canon. Mark, who is from London, was ordained in 1987 and did two curacies in Southwark before a post in Surrey. He came to Wendover and Halton in 2002. He said: “Parish ministry is my bread and butter. I love being connected at the heart of the community, being part of the joined up way the church has a ministry and mission in this place. To be installed as an honorary canon is a real honour. I appreciate how Bishop John has a sense of supporting ministry at all levels and feel very privileged to be part of the Oxford Diocese.”

The Revd Dr Michael Beasley is Director of Mission in the Diocese of Oxford. This involves oversight of the team in the diocese responsible for supporting various aspects of the life of parishes including recruitment and training of clergy and lay ministers, youth and children’s work and social responsibility activities. Michael was previously Vice Principal of Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge; a residential community that trains men and women for the priesthood. An epidemiologist by background, he combined work in Cambridge with the post of director of a research group in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College, London. Michael is married to Lizzie who is Deputy Head of one of Oxford’s secondary schools. They live in Abingdon with their children Charlie and Connie.

THE Revd Dr Edmund Newell is Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor and former Sub Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. When Edmund arrived in Oxford in 1983 to study at Nuffield College he was a Roman Catholic. Becoming an Anglican in the mid-1980s, Edmund was involved in Oxford’s University Church as a PCC member and churchwarden. He trained to become a priest on the Oxford Ministry Course and at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, serving his title in Deddington and the Barfords. His high profile ministry has included being Chaplain to the former Bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries and Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, where he was the founding director of St Paul’s Institute.

THE Revd Linda Green, Vicar of St Mary’s, Banbury and Associate Area Dean for Banbury has been in the diocese for more than 20 years as a vicar’s wife, parishioner and a vicar. Linda lived in Princes Risborough until the death of her husband Nick, who was the vicar of St Mary’s. She stayed in the Buckinghamshire town so her children didn’t have the upheaval of moving. She then moved to Headington Quarry where she was a curate, before taking up her post in Banbury. She says: “I Just love enabling people and helping them to see their potential.” Linda is trained to coach clergy to help them give the best they can in their ministry. “I couldn’t do any of it without my great team of clergy and LLMs in Banbury,” says Linda. “They are a real blessing.”

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