The Archdeacon of Dorking, Paul Bryer, is leaving Guildford this summer, to take up a new post as Archdeacon of Cornwall in the Diocese of Truro.
Paul has served as Archdeacon of Dorking since 2014. After serving a curacy at St Stephen’s Tonbridge in the Diocese of Rochester, Paul moved to the Diocese of Guildford in 1994 becoming vicar at St Mary’s Camberley and then St Paul’s Dorking, where he also went on to serve as Rural Dean of Dorking.
As archdeacon Paul has helped steer the Diocese of Guildford in a strategic and missional direction. Especially focused on resourcing and releasing parishes and deaneries for mission and ministry he has pioneered initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of clergy.
The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, gave thanks for Paul's long ministry in Guildford Diocese, and added:
“I wish Paul and his wife Fiona God’s richest blessing as they move to their beloved Cornwall. I have sensed – with them – that it’s been the wind of the Spirit that's been blowing them in a westerly direction. The new Bishop of Truro will certainly be blessed to have such an experienced, prayerful and supportive archdeacon at his side.”
“Fiona and I have had a love for Cornwall, the church and its people, that has been quietly nurtured over many years. Consequently, I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to serve as Archdeacon of Cornwall and join Bishop Philip at what promises to be a new and exciting chapter in the life of the diocese.”