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New Dean for Christchurch, New Zealand

Posted on: September 7, 2015 2:22 PM
The Dean-designate of Christchurch, Canon Lawrence Kimberley, with Bishop Victoria Matthews
Photo Credit: Anglican Taonga
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[Anglican Taonga] A new Dean has been appointed to lead Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand; and despite the post being advertised internationally, a cleric from the cathedral’s own diocese – Canon Lawrence Kimberley – has been appointed to the post. 

Many of those seeking the post were drawn by the possibilities of leading “a new cathedral in a recovering city”, Bishop Victoria Matthews said. But Canon Kimberley’s application had stood out partly because of his “passion for the gospel, his passion for ministry – and his love for this diocese.”

The announcement of the Canon Kimberley’s appointment was made by Bishop Matthews at the transitional “cardboard” cathedral during the opening worship for the diocesan Synod last week; and was greeted with “a prolonged burst of applause”, the Anglican Taonga news service reports.

“I think [the selectors] were looking for someone who can help bring this diocese together, someone who will uphold excellence in ministry here – and someone who can reach out to the city, and make sure we’ve got an Anglican Church with a welcome, a wide-open door and room for everyone,” the Dean-designate said.

Canon Kimberley, who is 53, is presently vicar of St Martins Opawa in Christchurch. He has been a clerical canon since 2013. He served as Archdeacon of Pegasus from 2007-13, and is chair of the Anglican Clergy Pension Board in New Zealand.

He will succeed the Revd Nick Mountfort who has been Acting Dean since the sudden death of Dean Lynda Patterson in July last year.