The Reverend Emma Pennington has been appointed Canterbury Cathedral’s new Canon Missioner.
Formally approved for the role by Her Majesty the Queen, Mrs Pennington will be installed by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in March.
She comes to Kent from the Diocese of Oxford where she has been vicar of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath since 2008.
She has also been a prayer and spirituality adviser for the Oxford Diocese and an area dean.
Mrs Pennington said: “I am delighted and thrilled to be taking on this new role for the Cathedral which combines pastoral care of the staff and congregations with missional outreach to the local, national and international community along with sharing in the full liturgical life of the Mother Church to the Anglican Communion.
“It is an exciting opportunity for me which brings together all my past experience as a verger at St Paul’s Cathedral, chaplain of an Oxbridge College with expertise in spirituality and depth of ministerial experience gained in the benefice and deanery.
“I very much look forward to working closely with the Dean, Chapter, Council, staff, volunteers, friends and worshippers as we celebrate and grow God’s Cathedral Church of Canterbury together.”
Mrs Pennington is married to Jonathan Arnold, the Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College Oxford, and the couple have two children, Katie, 14, and Thomas, 12.
Canon Missioner is a residential canon role and takes on the tasks of the former Canon Pastor position and in addition the ministry of outreach and welcome resulting from the restoration and development project at the Cathedral known as The Canterbury Journey.