New Archdeacon of Buckingham Announced

,
Canon Guy Elsmore

Canon Guy Elsmore

The new Archdeacon of Buckingham is to be Canon Guy Elsmore. He is currently Area Dean of Toxteth and Wavertree in the City of Liverpool, and Rector of St Luke in the City Team Ministry (St Bride’s, St Michael’s and St Dunstan’s). Guy is also a non residentiary Canon of Liverpool  Cathedral.

Guy was born and brought up in Sutton Coldfield and studied physics at the University of Edinburgh. After graduation he worked with the homeless in the centre of Liverpool before training for ordination at Ridley Hall. Returning to the Diocese of Liverpool, he served as curate at St Michael’s, Huyton and then as vicar of the shared RC/C of E parish of St Basil and All Saints in Widnes, where he also became Area Dean.

Guy has experience of leading the planting of new congregations and of relaunching existing congregations to enable growth. He has worked as a facilitator with a variety of rural, urban and suburban parishes to help them re-think their mission and ministry. He is trained and experienced in using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a tool for enabling change and growth in the church and is currently working with an ecumenical group to produce a workbook on AI. He has worked for many years as an on-call assistant chaplain at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and is involved in several community projects and charities. He is a novice member of the third order of the society of St Francis (TSSF) and is General Secretary of Modern Church. He has written articles on Christian Disagreement and on Church Growth.

Guy is married to Petra, also a priest and currently working as a chaplain. He has five children, the older three away at University and the two youngest still at home. His youngest son is severely autistic and Guy is deeply involved in his therapy and education. His recreations include cooking, pilgrimage walks and playing the piano.

The Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, said: “Everyone who met Guy at interview was struck by his outstanding facilitating and creative gifts, theological acumen and approachability, and I am sure he will be a great resource to our Diocese and Area as we face the considerable challenges to come.

“I am vastly looking forward to Guy joining us in the summer.”

Guy said: “I am looking forward to joining the Team in the Buckingham Area as your new Archdeacon. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and to listening, thinking and praying with you about the challenges of the future. I like the fact that the word Deacon – or servant – is there in the job title and for me, that’s the right place to start. I look forward to joining you in ministry and mission in Buckingham.”