New Dean for Liverpool Cathedral

The new Dean of Liverpool is to be the Reverend Canon Dr Pete Wilcox, Downing Street has announced this morning.

The new Dean of Liverpool is to be the Reverend Canon Dr Pete Wilcox, Downing Street has announced this morning. He becomes the seventh Dean, succeeding the Very Rev Justin Welby who was appointed Bishop of Durham.

Canon Pete Wilcox comes to Liverpool from Lichfield Cathedral where he has been Canon Residentiary since 2006. Speaking of his appointment Canon Pete said “I am thrilled to be joining such a gifted team at Liverpool Cathedral, at a time of great opportunity for mission. I look forward to getting to know the City of Liverpool and the wider diocese, having heard so many good things about both.”

Pete, who is married to the writer Catherine Fox, is due to be installed in the Cathedral in September 2012.

The Right Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool said “Canon Pete Wilcox comes to us with a wealth of experience in mission and with the right gifts to lead the Cathedral. I warmly welcome the Crown’s appointment and look forward to working with the Dean in building up the Church and reaching out to the world. The opportunities at the Cathedral are limitless.”.

Meanwhile Acting Dean and Canon Precentor Myles Davies said “Canon Pete Wilcox comes to us with an excellent reputation for his work in Lichfield. On behalf of the Chapter and Company of Liverpool Cathedral I am delighted to welcome him to our fine city and magnificent building.”

Canon Pete Wilcox will be spending the morning at Liverpool Cathedral touring the building as he starts to get to know the Cathedral, its staff, congregations and visitors. He said “It will be a great privilege to work with Chapter colleagues, staff and volunteers as well as our ecumenical, local government and business partners to help build on the fine work I have inherited.”

Pete is excited by the challenges that lay ahead. He said “As the seventh Dean of Liverpool, I will be determined to ensure this magnificent building remains accessible to all. Over the years Liverpool Cathedral has been a focal point for the city in times of great joy and immense sadness; it stands as one of the icons of the city, welcoming visitors from across the world and has been inspiring many for generations. It bears witness to the good news of God’s love as revealed to us in Jesus. This is as powerful and necessary today as it was when this extraordinary place was built.”

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The Reverend Canon Dr Pete Wilcox (aged 50) studied history at Saint John’s College, Durham. He trained for the ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his title at Preston on Tees, in the diocese of Durham from 1987 to 1990. From 1990 to 1993, while completing a doctorate at St John’s College, Oxford, he was Non Stipendiary Minister at Saint Margaret with Saint Philip and Saint James, with Saint Giles in the Diocese of Oxford. From 1993 to 1998 he was Team Vicar at Saint Edmund’s Chapel, Gateshead, in the diocese of Durham and Director of the Cranmer Hall Urban Mission Centre. From 1998 to 2006 he was Priest-in-Charge at Saint Paul’s at the Crossing, Walsall in the diocese of Lichfield. Since 2006 he has been Canon Residentiary at Lichfield Cathedral.

Pete is married to the writer Catherine Fox. They have two adult sons.

He has a passionate interest in all ball sports, especially (as a fan of Newcastle United) football. He is the author of three books, including ‘Talking the Talk: The Fall of King David for Today’ (Lutterworth, 2011).