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New Testament Scholar is appointed Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral
08 February 2019
The Bishop of London and the Chapter have appointed Dr Paula Gooder as Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.
Paula is one of today’s best known New Testament theologians, a scholar and teacher who most recently has been Director of Mission Learning and Development at the Diocese of Birmingham. She was previously Theologian in Residence at the Bible Society after being a lecturer in New Testament and Biblical Studies at The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Ripon College, Cuddesdon and the University of Oxford. She holds honorary positions at the Universities of Durham and St Andrew’s, and is a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College, London. Paula has also written a number of books including Journey to the Empty Tomb, Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person and Heaven. She is a Licensed Lay Reader in the Church of England.
As Chancellor, Paula will have responsibility for growing and leading the Cathedral’s expanding theological and learning programme, which is a major part of the Christian mission and outreach of the Cathedral, as well as relating these creatively to engagement with the arts and with St Paul’s overall mission and outreach.
Speaking of her appointment, Paula said: “I was honoured and delighted to be offered the post of Chancellor at St Paul's Cathedral and am very excited about working with the Chapter and the rest of the Cathedral team in the years ahead.”
The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, said: “I am thrilled that Paula will be joining us at St Paul’s Cathedral. Her gifts in writing, lecturing and theology are well known throughout the Church, and that knowledge and experience will play an integral role in helping the Cathedral further develop its mission and outreach across London and beyond. This is a hugely significant appointment and I believe that St Paul’s Chapter will become a model for lay and ordained leaders working creatively together for the kingdom of God.”
The Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Revd Dr David Ison, said: “Having benefited from Paula’s ministry at St Paul’s on many occasions, we are delighted to welcome her here on a permanent basis as a Christian minister, and look forward to working with her to touch the lives of many with the good news of the Christian Gospel. This is a ground-breaking appointment, as the Chancellor up to now has been ordained; Paula is a Licensed Lay Minister who will attend the governing Chapter and exercise her ministry in and for the Cathedral alongside her ordained colleagues.”
Paula will be licensed and begin her ministry at St Paul’s at Evensong at 5pm on Saturday 23rd February.