The Archdeacon of Buckingham is Guy Elsmore. Before his move to the Oxford Diocese he was 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 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.