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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 Wigan and West Lancashire
Venerable Jennifer McKenzie
Tel: 0151 705 2154

Coming all the way from our link diocese Virginia, Jennifer brings a strong background in ministry development, pastoral care, conflict resolution and adaptive use of building space.

She has served on bishops Task Forces for Affordable Housing and Congregational Development and actively advocates for broadening lay leadership and ministry.

She is also a tireless advocate for improved services to those living with mental illness.

PA to Archdeacon Ricky Panter and Archdeacon Jennifer McKenzie
Barbara Mackie
Tel: 0151 705 2154 
Archdeacon for St Helens and Warrington
Venrable Roger Preece
Tel: 0151 705 2159

Roger joins us from the Diocese of Chester where he is currently Vicar of Bowdon, a church that has been held us as a model of good practice by the Church Growth Team of the Church of England.

With a number of congregations that worship in different ways, from formal cathedral-style choral evensong through to "cafe church". It also has invested in youth and children's work with over 200 teenagers connecting to different parts of church life.

Roger has a strong interest in leadership and has worked with Revd. Dr Simon Walker's teaching material on "Undefended Leadership" nationally and internationally. This stems from a business career that spanned senior roles in a range of international banks as well as being one of the founders of international management consultancy firm Capco.

Inspired by Fit for Mission and our diocesan growth agenda saying "There are many challenges in being a parish priest and I want to do all I can to help clergy in their roles as leaders in their local communities. I also want to help encourage really good ideas to spread across parishes.

"Because of the pressures of parish life, we often end of reinventing the wheel, because we don't have time to find the resources we need. I am also interested in the way in which church communities make a real contribution to their local areas through providing services such as youth work, children's work, food banks and care for the elderly."

Archdeacon of Knowsley and Sefton
Venerable Pete Spiers

Tel: 0151 705 2159

I am someone who likes to make a difference and this new role is all about growing a bigger church so that we can make a bigger difference. It builds on what I have learnt through my time at St. Luke's when we have sought to do exactly that. It will also be quite a challenge as it will need to bring everyone together to work together and seek God's guidance as to how this can be done.

There is already a lot of great work going on within and through our churches in Sefton and Knowsley when life is very difficult for so many people in the  community and I look forward to getting to know people right across the boroughs, listening to them and seeing how I can support them as they participate in the mission that God is giving them in their local communities.

PA to Archdeacon Roger Preece and Archdeacon Pete Spiers
Miranda Lever

Tel: 0151 705 2159

Dean of Women's Ministry

Rev Sam Nicholson
Tel: 01942 495831

I feel privileged to have been asked to be the next Dean of Women’s Ministry.  It's a challenging role and I have big shoes to fill.

I pledge to play a full role in the life of our diocese and the work of Core Group. I pray that I will be a passionate advocate of women's ministry and support and encourage the many talented, gifted female priests in our diocese.

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.