Peter Bruinvels, an elected member of the Bishop of Guildford’s Council and a lay canon of Guildford Cathedral was one of 35 people worldwide to be honoured with an award by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace recently.
Presenting him with the Canterbury Cross for services to the Church of England, Archbishop Justin praised his outstanding work for the Church in numerous ways at parish, deanery, diocesan and national level.
Apart from his service within the diocese, Peter has served on General Synod since 1985 and as a Church Commissioner since 1992, sitting on a number of committees for both during his many years of active service. He is a former director of the Church Army and has also worked for the British Legion. His church interests span the upkeep of cathedrals, legislative matters, governance, investments and the work of the pastoral committee of the Church Commissioners, where he serves as deputy chair.
The armed forces and education are close to his heart and he has sought actively to support both at local, regional and national level. The Church of England’s commitment to education features largely in Peter’s life in the time he has spent as a school governor at a number of Church of England schools and as an OFSTED inspector of religious education teaching, especially in Church of England and Roman Catholic schools.
Canon Peter, who lives in Dorking with his wife Alison, and attends both Guildford Cathedral and St Martin’s, Dorking, said: “I am humbled to receive this great honour from Archbishop Justin, which came as a complete surprise. To receive such recognition for my work as a church commissioner, on the General Synod and for education in the Diocese of Guildford and with the military, makes it even more special."