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New Dean of Gloucester Announced

Stephen Lake

Announcement of new Dean of Gloucester

Friday 28 January 2011

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, today announced the appointment by HM the Queen of the 37th Dean of Gloucester. The Revd Canon Stephen Lake, 47, who is currently Sub Dean at St Alban’s Cathedral, will be installed as Dean of Gloucester on 12 June.

As Dean of Gloucester, Stephen will be the senior priest in Gloucester Diocese, after the Bishops. Stephen will chair the Cathedral Chapter, the governing body of the Cathedral, in directing the life and work of the Cathedral community. He will also work closely with senior diocesan clergy to further the life of the Church in and around Gloucestershire.

Stephen was ordained in 1988 and served as assistant curate at Sherborne Abbey for four years. In 1992 he became Parish Priest of Branksome St Aldhelm in Poole. After several years as Assistant Rural Dean, he became Rural Dean of Poole. In 2001 he was appointed as Canon Residentiary and Sub Dean of St Albans Cathedral.

Canon Lake said about his new appointment: “I am thrilled to be coming to Gloucester Cathedral. After many happy years at St Albans I am looking forward to leading the worshipping community at Gloucester Cathedral and serving the city and diocese. Gloucester has a rich heritage in its beautiful Cathedral, in the glories of its choral tradition, and the whole community is known for its welcome. I am excited about working with my colleagues to take Gloucester Cathedral forward, especially in living out our faith together and fulfilling the Cathedral’s challenging vision.

“I look forward to playing my part in building upon Gloucester’s gifts, broadening the Cathedral’s appeal and ministry and deepening everyone’s encounter with God when they come to this special place. To work alongside partners in the local community, and with the parishes of the Diocese, will be both a privilege and a joy. We look forward to making Gloucester our home.”

Bishop Michael said: “I am delighted by the appointment of Stephen Lake as Dean of Gloucester. He will bring to the city, the Diocese and the Cathedral good experience as Sub Dean in St Albans and I know he will be a lively and energetic leader and colleague. I hope he and his family will very quickly feel at home among us in Gloucestershire.”

Neil Heavisides, Acting Dean of Gloucester, said: “We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Stephen and his family into the Cathedral community. The Cathedral has now put in place a new strategic plan and the Chapter is keen to work with the new Dean in implementing this.”

Edward Gillespie, Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse and Chair of the Cathedral Council, chaired the panel that made the recommendation to the Queen. He said: “The quality of the candidates confirmed the importance of this role and that Gloucester is a very exciting place to be right now. Stephen brings with him a breadth of experience and a range of skills that will provide an open and strong leadership into this new era for the Cathedral. I have no doubt he will make a vast contribution to the life of the Cathedral and the wider community.”

Stephen is married to Carol and they have three children, Katharine (Katie, 19), Samuel (Sam, 17) and Joseph (Joe, 10).

For more information contact
Katherine Clamp, Diocesan Communications Officer
01452 835591,


Posted on 28 Jan 2011

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