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King’s is delighted to announce that the Revd Dr Stephen Cherry has been elected as the College's new Dean.
Dr Cherry is a former Chaplain of King’s, having served here from 1989-1994. He is currently a Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support for the diocese of Durham, where he leads a team of parish support officers and carries the portfolio for Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD) for clergy.
He 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).
Before moving to Durham in 2006 Stephen was a parish priest in Loughborough for 12 years, a role which involved renewing and restoring a local church in a multi-faith environment.
He said, "I feel unbelievably fortunate to be returning to a place where I learnt so much in the past and have met so many wonderful, inspiring and challenging people.
"As I have explored the possibility of this move I have realised how much things have developed over the last twenty years, but I have also gained a keener sense of the timeless qualities of the Chapel and deeper virtues of the College.
"I hope and pray that my ministry will honour the past, be realistic in the present and be firmly focussed on the hope of a yet more glorious future for College and Chapel together. "
The Provost of King's, Professor Michael Proctor, said: "I am delighted that Stephen Cherry is to join the College as Dean. He is well known to many Fellows from his time as Chaplain twenty years ago, and brings to the position a huge amount of experience from his work at Loughborough and Durham.
"I much look forward to working with him in maintaining and developing the Chapel as a central part of the College's activities."
The new Dean was elected on 29 April at a meeting of the College's Governing Body and will take up his appointment on 1 October 2014.
Dr Cherry will succeed the current Dean, Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, who is leaving to become the Master of Trinity Hall.