​Crown Appoints Canon Precentor at Gloucester Cathedral


Crown Appoints Canon Precentor at Gloucester Cathedral

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce the appointment of The Reverend Canon Richard Mitchell as Director of Congregational Development and Canon Precentor.

Currently Area Dean of Severn Vale and Chair of the house of clergy in Gloucester diocese, Canon Richard will be installed in the Cathedral on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 4.30pm.

As part of his role Canon Richard will help to drive the Cathedral’s vision In Tune with Heaven, In Touch with Daily Life, enabling the Cathedral to serve Gloucester as a dynamic place of spiritual, heritage and community activity. Key areas of responsibility will include developing the Cathedral’s Christian worshipping life, building relationships with families and local communities, and continuing its rich 500 year old tradition of musical excellence.

Canon Richard will be joining at an exciting time as Project Pilgrim is now underway. The £6m Heritage Lottery Fund project will restore and enhance key areas of the Cathedral, make the building more accessible and provide new opportunities for people to be part of its heritage. 

Canon Richard said:

“I am honoured to have been appointed Director of Congregational Development and Canon Precentor. In leading and working with our talented musicians and staff, I will seek to build on the work of the past to develop our Christian worshipping life, and to further encompass the diversity and richness of faith and culture.”

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester welcomed the announcement saying:

“We are delighted that Richard is going to be joining the Chapter and the team at the Cathedral during this crucial time of growth and change. After a rigorous selection process involving the Prime Minister’s Appointment Secretary, it is particularly good to be welcoming such a senior and personable priest from within the diocese.”

The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester said:

“I am delighted that Richard will be the new Canon Precentor and Director of Congregational Development. Whilst it will be sad to bid him farewell from Severn Vale deanery where he currently serves as both a Vicar and Area Dean, his gifts and experience will contribute something very significant both to the life of the Cathedral and to the wider diocese as we continue to journey together.”


Canon Richard Mitchell - Biography

Revd Canon Richard Mitchell is a native of Carlisle. He took a BA in Geography at Lancaster and trained for ordained ministry in Salisbury. Ordained in 1991 he served as a

curate at Kendal and then Team Vicar in the Kirkby Lonsdale Team Ministry. A move to

Gloucester Diocese followed in 2004 as Vicar of the Greenway Benefice: Shurdington, Badgeworth and Witcombe with Bentham. He is also Area Dean of Severn Vale and Chair of the House of Clergy in the diocese and a member of the General Synod. Married to Lucie, they have three grown up children.


Canon Precentor Role/Congregational Development

Traditionally the Canon Precentor of a Cathedral is in charge of the organisation of liturgy and worship. To help meet the changing needs of Gloucester Cathedral, and with a desire to reach out to local people, the Cathedral has re-shaped the role to include Congregational Development.


Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral stands at the heart of the city on a site of Christian worship that stretches back fifteen hundred years. As one of the finest medieval buildings in the country, it boasts an array of architectural styles and is the resting place of King Edward II. Over 350,000 visitors are attracted to the site every year and it is supported by a team of over 450 volunteers.


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