The Revd Paul Bryer, Vicar of St Paulâ€™s in Dorking since 2001, has been announced as the new Archdeacon of Dorking, filling the position left when previous Archdeacon Julian Henderson became Bishop of Blackburn in the summer.
Ordained in the Rochester Diocese in 1990, Paul served a curacy in Tonbridge Kent before moving to Guildford Diocese in1994 as Vicar of St. Maryâ€™s Camberley. In 2001 he was appointed Vicar of St. Paulâ€™s, Dorking, where he is also Rural Dean.
Prior to ordination Paul taught Religious Studies at secondary school for eight years, including six as head of Religious Studies at Therfield School in Leatherhead. His experience of teaching religion and spirituality shaped a calling to a creative and imaginative churchmanship and a desire to communicate and teach the gospel across generations.
â€œEnabling church growth and proclaiming faith afresh to each generation is at the heart of my experience and vision for the Church.
â€œI have a passionate hope for the continued growth of a â€˜missionaryâ€™ orientated church that embraces the challenges and opportunities of discovering new ways of following Jesus Christ, loving God, and being His agent for change locally, nationally and globally.
â€œMy belief is that God's call on my life is closely bound to this continual process of growth and renewal of His Church, and the opportunity to serve in our Diocese as Archdeacon of Dorking, at a time of change, is one which resonates with my life's calling, one that I am looking forward to immensely."
The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking - who will lead Guildford Diocese when Bishop Christopher retires at the end of November - added: "I am delighted to welcome Paul as Archdeacon of Dorking. He has had a good and fruitful ministry in parishes in both archdeaconries in the diocese and as Rural Dean of Dorking will bring that additional experience with him. We shall value him on the senior staff team and Dorking Archdeaconry will find they have a trusted and wise friend in Paul.â€
Paul is married to Fiona and they have three children, two currently studying at University and an energetic Springer Spaniel called 'Badger'! Having grown up on the South Coast, he enjoys anything to do with the sea and is a life-long supporter of Southampton FC. Other interests include mountain biking, north Cornwall, long distance footpaths and running over the Surrey Hills with the family dog!
Paul is expected to take up his new role as Archdeacon of Dorking early in the new year.