The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Cherry, Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support for the diocese of Durham, has been announced as the Dean of King’s College Cambridge.
Dr Cherry came to Durham Diocese from Leicester Diocese in 2006, where he was Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough.
King’s College Cambridge is well known for its world-renowned choir, spectacular chapel and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve which has been broadcast live by the BBC since 1928. The famous broadcasts continued throughout the war years and are now heard by millions of people across the world. For several decades there has been a Television version, and most recently 'Easter at King's' has been added to the schedules.
Dr Cherry said, "I have hugely enjoyed the privilege of ministering in Durham, both in the Cathedral and the diocese. I have much to be thankful for, and take away many good memories and wise insights gleaned from others.
“Much as I am excited to be going back to Cambridge when it comes to the move I will be very sad to be leaving Durham. But I feel this is a genuine call to a new ministry and am following that in faith and hope.”
The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham said: “I want to wish Stephen every success in this new challenging role. His keen intellect, writing interests and his priestly ministry will be well used in this role.
“Stephen will be greatly missed, he has done sterling work in leading Ministerial Development in the diocese and I want to thank him on behalf of all the parishes that have benefited from his stewardship in leading the diocesan resource team during his time here. I also want to thank him for his excellent work as Residentiary Canon in the Cathedral, where I am sure he will be equally missed.”
Dr Cherry has degrees in Psychology and Theology and is active as a writer and speaker in the areas of Christian spirituality and practical theology. He is currently writing a book about sin, as a follow-up his to his book on forgiveness (Healing Agony, Continuum, 2012).
Dr Cherry will take up his new role in September 2014.