New Canon for Mission and Growth appointed
The Dean and Chapter are pleased to announce that Revd Rachel Phillips has been appointed as the new Canon for Mission and Growth. Rachel Phillips grew up in north-west London, studied law at Cambridge University, became a solicitor specialising in commercial real estate and was a partner in a large firm in the City of London. She was also for many years a church organist and choir director, a career that began as a 10 year old chorister.
Rachel trained for ordained ministry at St John’s Nottingham, and was ordained deacon in 2007 and priest in 2008, serving her curacy at St Lawrence Eastcote in the Diocese of London. In 2010 she became priest in charge (subsequently vicar) of Northaw & Cuffley in the Diocese of St Albans, and since 2013 has also been Rural Dean of Cheshunt. She has a particular interest in Christmas carols, and during her curacy completed her MPhil thesis Christmas is not just for Christmas, exploring the role of cathedral carol services in mission.
About her new role in Rochester Cathedral she said: ‘When asked in the interview ‘What excites you about this role?’, my immediate answer was ‘All of it!’. I'm excited about becoming part of this welcoming, diverse and growing Christian community at a time of significant change and exploring new ways of reaching out from this awesome cathedral with the good news of Jesus Christ. Whilst I will be sad to leave Hertfordshire (itself part of Rochester Diocese in the 19th century), I’m excited about building on all that I have learned and the many friendships I have made, as I embrace new challenges in Rochester.
The Dean of Rochester, Philip Hesketh said, 'I'm really looking forward to Rachel becoming part of a new team at Rochester. This is an exciting time for the congregation as we complete the Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expression project and I believe that Rachel has much to offer in helping us to look outwards and embrace the future'. Rachel will be collated and installed on Jan 14th at 3.15 evensong.