The Very Reverend John Witcombe MA MPhil

Coventry Cathedral

Dean of Coventry

John WitcombeJohn Witcombe was installed as the Dean of Coventry in January 2013. Previously he was the Director of Discipleship and Ministry in the Diocese of Gloucester where he led a large team of staff and volunteers whose task is to develop all forms of vocation and ministry within the diocese. Alongside this, he was a Residentiary Canon in Gloucester Cathedral, playing a full part in the liturgical and teaching life of the cathedral.

John is passionate about the Anglican tradition and the Church of England in particular. As the leader of the cathedral community and a member of the Bishop’s Staff team, he is developing the relationship between the Cathedral and the Diocese in Coventry. Through the recently established Dean’s Breakfast, he is working with key leaders in the civic, business and voluntary community to take forward the identity of Coventry as the City of Peace and Reconciliation. He is also excited about the cathedral’s national and international role in reconciliation and peace building, which is exercised in partnership with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Having been ordained twenty-eight years ago, John began his ministry in the ex-mining parish of Birtley in County Durham. In subsequent years he has led a church on a social housing estate in Nottingham, worked with Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and URC members as the Vicar of an ecumenical church in Sheffield, served as the Team Rector of Uxbridge and spent seven years as the Dean of St John’s College, Nottingham.

John is married to Ricarda, who is also ordained, and has recently taken up a post as Team Leader in the Chaplaincy at the George Eliot hospital in Nuneaton. They married in 2000, after John’s first wife died, and share five children – a son and four daughters – one of whom is married, whilst the others are still either living at home or returning at regular intervals. Days off are typically spent walking in the Cotswolds, around a pub lunch.

He enjoys the arts – galleries, theatre, music, film, and novels. He plays the flute and piano. He and Ricarda are regular attenders of the Greenbelt Christian arts festival.