Senior Clergy

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Our senior clergy support the Bishop of Liverpool and The suffragan Bishop of Warrington in the leadership of our diocese


Archdeacon of Liverpool
Venerable Ricky Panter
Tel: 0151 705 2154

Ricky has served as Archdeacon of Liverpool since 2002. He is a member of Core Group aand Chair of the Priority Strategy Group overseeing the implementation of the Diocesan AMD Policy (Areas of Multiple Deprivation). Currently responsible for initiating Local Missional Leadership within our diocese.

Having served in urban parishes since ordination Ricky knows a bit about the challenges of city life – even though he grew up in rural Worcestershire. Now with his wife Jane’s violin teaching, and their involvement with the ‘Phil’ choir, Liverpool is very much home and they reckon on staying permanently.
Ricky originally trained as a teacher and worked at Schools in Chatham and Boscombe before training at Oak Hill Theological College. He still maintains an interest in education through close involvement with the Hawthorne’s (a ‘Free’ secondary school in Bootle). Meeting the challenge of enabling congregations to grow numerically and to engage with their communities, and not be held back by unsustainable buildings, is a key aspect of how he now sees his role.
Archdeacon of Warrington
Venerable Peter Bradley
Tel: 0151 705 2154

Peter has served as Archdeacon of Warrington since 2001. He is a Member of the Core Group and Chair of the Lifelong Learning Committee as part of his specific responsibilities. He is also responsible for overseeing our Safeguarding portfolio.  Peter is  Chair of the Ministerial Development Review Monitoring Group.

Peter was  Ordained in 1979 and served as Curate in Up Holland Team (1979-1983) ; Vicar - Holy Spirit, Dovecot (1983-94); Team Rector Up Holland (1994-2011).  General Synod 1990-2010.  Director CME 1989-2001. Chaplain to 281 Squadron ATC 2013.

Married to Pat – three grown up sons, two daughters in law and two growing up grandsons!  Normally enjoys Friday as a day off and, with Pat, collecting our grandchildren from school.  Interests include Reading, Walking, Grandchildren and Family History.

Barbara Mackie
Tel: 0151 705 2154 

Dean of Women's Ministry

Rev. Canon Cynthia Dowdle
Tel: 0151 702 7287

Cynthia combines this role with that of Canon Chancellor at Liverpool Cathedral. She serves on the Bishop's Core Group. Based at St James House Cynthia  offers pastoral support along with other Core Group members to clergy and licensed ministers and those seeking ordination particularly women - now a third of our clergy. She also offers support at times of transition for clergy from curacy to incumbency; exploring wider ministry; approaching retirement and at times of crisis and in the discernment process. She also has a focus at the Cathedral and in the Diocese for social justice, equality and inclusion.

Dean of Liverpool Cathedral

Very Rev Dr Pete Wilcox
Tel: 0151 702 7220

As Dean, Pete oversees the strategy and running of Liverpool Cathedral and is a member of Core Group. Pete comes to Liverpool with 25 years’ experience in ordained ministry. Among other roles he has served as a team vicar in the Parish of Gateshead, while assisting in the training of ordinands at Cranmer Hall as Director of its Urban Mission Centre. Theological education and training remains a key area of interest for Pete, and bible teaching is his chief passion.

In 1998 he took up a new position as priest in charge of St Paul’s Church at the Crossing in Walsall. Between August 2006 and July 2012 he was Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral, a post which involved oversight of the Cathedral’s work in education and outreach.

He is married to a writer, Catherine Fox. They have two adult sons. Pete is a fan of all ball sports, and follows the fortunes of Newcastle United especially closely. He is the author of three books: ‘Living the Dream’ (2007), ‘Walking the Walk (2009) and ‘Talking the Talk’ (2011).

Assistant Bishops

Right Reverend Cyril Ashton

Bishop Cyril is a retired bishop from the Diocese of Sheffield. He supports our diocese through conducting parish weekends and through the ministry of Confirmation.
He says “I see myself as a major personal support for +Richard and enjoy the many occasions when I can be alongside him in this challenging and invigorating Diocese. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn from +James and look forward to the new appointment. I love being involved in the ministry of Confirmations and relish engagement with parishes conducting parish weekends, quiet days and retreats. I have a keen interest in training and was privileged to be involved in the development of St Mellitus. I have a particular role with the Wigan Deanery and enjoy immensely my contacts with parishes and clergy in that part of our Diocese.”
Bishop of Beverley
Right Reverend Glyn Webster

Tel: 01904 628155

The Bishop of Beverley is a Suffragan Bishop in the Province of York. The Bishop’s role is that of a Provincial Episcopal Visitor, assisting in the pastoral care of those parishes that have petitioned for Extended Episcopal Care under the Act of Synod – the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood.

The present Bishop of Beverley is Glyn Webster, who was consecrated in York Minster on 25 January 2013. His entire ministry has been in or around the City of York, culminating in thirteen years as a Canon Residentiary of York Minster. Until his consecration, he served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, where he was elected as the Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of York.