The Revd Canon Matt Thompson, currently Vicar of Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester, will be the new Dean of Birmingham, it was announced today.
Matt, who will take up the role in September, 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.
“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.”
The Rt Revd David Urquhart said: "I am delighted that Matt has been appointed Dean of Birmingham at such an exciting time in the life of both the church and the city. Matt brings with him a wealth of experience and a passion for the Gospel. We are really looking forward to welcoming him and his family to the city and region, and to working together in the service of Jesus Christ."
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The Revd Canon Matt Thompson (aged 48) studied Theology & Religious Studies at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and trained for ordination at Ridley, Hall, Cambridge. He served his title at the Parish of the Ascension, Hulme in the Diocese of Manchester from 1994 to 1997.
From 1997 to 2000, he served first as Assistant Curate and then as Team Vicar in the Langley and Parkfield Team Ministry. From 2000 to 2008 he was Priest-in-Charge at St Cross Clayton and Area Dean of Ardwick from 2003 to 2008. From 2008 he has served as Vicar of Bolton and as Borough Dean of Bolton from 2010. In 2012, he was appointed as an honorary canon of Manchester Cathedral and in October 2015 he was elected as Chair of the House of Clergy.
Matt is married to Michelle who is also an Anglican priest. They have a daughter, Ellie who is ten years old and a keen musician.
Throughout his ministry, he has been deeply involved in schools, urban regeneration, interfaith and community cohesion. He is interested in public theology and Ignatian spirituality. He grew up in the West Midlands and attended school in Walsall, so the move to Birmingham feels like a homecoming.