Archdeacon of Oxford and Residentiary Canon of Christ Church

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The Bishop of Oxford is looking for a colleague in the Oxford Episcopal Area who will share in the spiritual and practical leadership of God’s people in this unique city, one of the world’s great cultural and intellectual crossroads.

We are seeking a Residentiary Canon for Christ Church who, as a member of Chapter, will bring wisdom, stability and creativity to the life of the Cathedral and contribute as a member of the Governing Body of Christ Church.

We are looking for an Archdeacon who will support the ministry of chaplains across the Diocese of Oxford and lead in other areas according to their gifts and skills. Our new Archdeacon will be a member of a forward looking and creative Bishop’s Staff Team committed to our common vision to be a Church that is more Christ-like – more contemplative, more compassionate and more courageous – for the sake of God’s world.

If you have a commitment to the pastoral care and welfare of the clergy and their families; enjoy finding creative solutions to the day to day challenges facing the church; are able to see mission opportunities, can make things happen and are exploring a vocation to archidiaconal and Cathedral ministry in an environment in which you could flourish and contribute, we would love to hear from you.

This post will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and right to work in the UK checks.

Please click on the links below for more information.

Letter from Bishop Steven  Application Form
Complete Candidate Information Pack (including Role Description) Guidance Notes for Applicants
Christ Church Pattern of Worship Confidential Declaration Form
Resourcing Archdeacons Recruitment Monitoring Form
National Development Plan for Archdeacons

To apply, please submit your completed application form, confidential declaration and recruitment monitoring forms to

Closing date for applications is 9:00am on Friday 13th December 2019

Interviews will be held on 8th and 9th January 2020

We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities for all

Archdeacon Martin to become the next Bishop of Dudley


The Archdeacon of Oxford, the Ven. Martin Gorick is set to return to the Black Country as the next Bishop of Dudley, Downing Street announced today.

The Ven. Martin Gorick

As well as his role as Archdeacon, Martin is the Residentiary Canon at Christ Church College and Cathedral. From 1994-2001, Martin was Vicar of Smethwick Old Church and Area Dean for the Black Country Deanery of Warley. He has also worked as Chaplain to the former Bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries. A full news report on Archdeacon Martin’s new appointment is available on the Diocese of Worcester’s website.

Martin has responsibility for the churches and clergy in the city of Oxford, as well as being Diocesan Interfaith Adviser. He has held strategic responsibility for growing new congregations of all shapes and sizes across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. He has been overseeing a £5 million bid to support church revitalisation and planting, fresh expressions of church and pioneering ministry in major new housing areas.

Martin has always enjoyed the Church of England’s connections with people and places outside the church and oversees and supports the work of over 100 chaplains in prisons, schools, colleges, military bases and hospitals.

The Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven Croft, said: “Martin has served with real distinction for six years as Archdeacon of Oxford and Residentiary Canon of Christ Church. He has a passion for mission and for the Church of England to be a church for everyone. Martin has been a wise colleague in the Oxford Area and across the Diocese in his work with chaplains and on engagement with other faiths. He has pioneered and led our diocesan strategy for forming new congregations. Martin is a prayerful, gentle and wise pastor and has become a good friend. He will be a great gift to the clergy and people of the Diocese of Worcester as Bishop of Dudley. As a Diocese and Cathedral, we will miss Martin and Katherine very much, but our prayers and love go with them in the joys and the challenges of Martin’s new role.

Information regarding the appointment process and news of the Acting Archdeacon during this vacancy will be published in the coming days.

Notes to editors:

Requests for interviews should be made to Samantha Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
Email: Tel: 07852 302516

When Martin became Archdeacon of Oxford we ran this God in the Life Of interview which gives a more in-depth overview of Martin’s faith journey, life and career.