Meet the full-time clergy who help organise our services and provide pastoral support to the Cathedral’s visitors and worshippers.
There are four full-time clergy working at St Paul's who are part of its ministry and mission team, but are not members of Chapter.
Two are Minor Canons (the Sacrist and the Succentor) with particular areas of specialist responsibility, including ceremonial and musical.
The Chaplain (Priest Vicar) is responsible for the pastoral care of the Cathedral.
The Assistant Curate has a share in the liturgical and pastoral life of the Cathedral.
The Reverend Paula Hollingsworth
The Reverend Paula Hollingsworth is the Chaplain at St Paul's Cathedral. The Chaplain’s main responsibility is in offering pastoral support to the Cathedral community and to visitors. She also plays a part in leading Cathedral services. Before coming to St Paul’s, Paula held a variety of roles in parish and cathedral ministry, teaching, training and spiritual direction in Somerset, Birmingham and Leicester. Paula was in the first cohort of women who were ordained as priests in 1994. Before ordination she taught Maths in Uganda.
The Reverend Robert Coupland
The Reverend Robert Coupland is the Sacrist at St Paul's Cathedral. The Sacrist has responsibility for aspects of the ceremonial, vestments,and plate, as well as working on the daily and special services. As the Sacrist, Robert oversees the work of the Virgers' Department, and manages the liturgical volunteer teams, including the Servers, Communion Assistants, and Flower Arrangers. Robert also serves as an Assistant Area Director of Ordinands for the Two Cities Episcopal Area in the Diocese of London.
Prior to joining St Paul’s, the Sacrist was a Pastoral Assistant at St Matthew's, Westminster – a long-established scheme for those discerning a vocation to the priesthood, and went on to train at Westcott House, Cambridge. He went on to serve as the assistant Curate in the Benefice of Brighton: St Michael and All Angels and St Paul’s. There, he also served as Priest-Sequestrator at St Bartholomew’s, Brighton and as a volunteer chaplain to the YCMA DownsLink Group.
The Reverend Robert Kozak
The Reverend Robert Kozak is the Succentor at St Paul's Cathedral. With the Precentor and the Sacrist, the Succentor has a share in the planning, management, and delivery of our daily and special services, especially those of a musical nature. He also shares responsibility with the Precentor, for caring for Cathedral Musicians, which includes supporting our Visiting Choirs and assisting in the appointment of organists and the Vicars Choral.
Prior to joining St Paul’s, the Succentor was the Priest in Charge of the Parish of Letchworth where he looked after the churches of St Michael the Archangel and St Mary the Virgin. Brought up in Poland, he worked as an organist in churches in Cracow while studying theology and music, before moving to the UK.
The Reverend Tessa Bosworth
The Reverend Tessa Bosworth is the Assistant Curate at St Paul's Cathedral. The Assistant Curate has a range of duties, particularly in pastoral and liturgical areas, as well as continuing initial ministerial education alongside other curates in the diocese.
Before coming to St Paul’s, Tessa was Assistant Curate at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London. Her theological training was at St Mellitus College, London, during which time she was ordinand at St Peter’s Bethnal Green. Prior to ordination, Tessa worked in events, publishing and bookselling.