The Revd Canon Matt Thompson announced as the next Dean of Birmingham Cathedral.
The Bishop of Birmingham has approved the appointment of The Revd Canon Matt Thompson as the next Dean of Birmingham. His appointment follows the departure of the Very Revd Catherine Ogle earlier this year.
Matt will be installed at Birmingham Cathedral (St Philips) in September. He currently serves as the vicar of Bolton Parish Church, a position held since 2008.
Canon Matt, who is married with a 10-year-old daughter, said he was excited to be joining Birmingham Cathedral. He said: “I am very honoured and delighted to be the next Dean of Birmingham and to serve the Cathedral and the communities of the Birmingham diocese
He added: “I am looking forward to leading a wonderful team at the Cathedral and to joining the Cathedral community. I am very drawn by the desire of everyone at St Philip’s to reach out to the parish, city and diocese they seek to serve. I am very fortunate to be following in the footsteps of my predecessor Dean Catherine Ogle and I hope to build on her excellent work in building partnerships across the city and the diocese.
“As a minister of the Gospel, I believe that God’s deepest desire is to see lives transformed so that all can enjoy the abundant life that Jesus proclaims to us. In that spirit, I am so excited by the Church of England – Birmingham’s vision of Transforming Church. I look forward to working with Bishop David in the service of Jesus Christ and in doing all I can to see the Cathedral, the congregations and the communities we serve flourish.
“I have spent 23 very happy years in the Diocese of Manchester and it will be hard to take my leave of friends and colleagues there after so long. However, the opportunity to return to the West Midlands is a very exciting one and my family and I are really looking forward to our move to Birmingham.”