Deanery of Christianity (Exeter)

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For the deanery of the same name in the Diocese of Lincoln, see Deanery of Christianity (Lincoln).

The Deanery of Christianity is a deanery in the Archdeaconry of Exeter, Diocese of Exeter. This deanery covers most of the city of Exeter. It takes the name "Christianity" because there is a tradition that a diocese and a deanery should not share the same name.

Benefice of Alphington (St Michael and All Angels)[edit]

Parishes within the mission community

  • St Michael and All Angels, Alphington
  • St George, Shillingford St George
  • St Ida, Ide


  • The Reverend Prebendary Stephen Bessent Priest in Charge and Rector
  • The Reverend Chantal Mason Assistant Curate

Benefice of Cathedral (St Peter)[edit]


  • The Very Reverend Jonathan Draper Dean of Exeter-designate
  • The Reverend Canon Carl Turner Canon Precentor
  • The Reverend Canon Andrew Godsall Canon Chancellor
  • The Reverend Canon Dr Paul Avis Canon Theologian
  • The Reverend Canon Ian Morter Canon Treasurer

Benefice of Central Exeter (St Stephen, St Mary Arches, St Olave, St Pancras, St Petrock)[edit]

Parishes within the benefice:

  • St Stephen with St Mary Arches
  • St Olave with St Pancras and St Petrock


  • The Very Reverend Jonathan Draper Priest in Charge-designate
  • The Reverend Ann Hall Assistant Curate (NSM)
  • The Reverend Sheila Swarbrick Assistant Curate (NSM)

Benefice of Countess Wear (St Luke)[edit]


  • The Reverend Richard Jeffery Priest in charge of Countess Wear

Benefice of Exeter St David (St David with St Michael and All Angels)[edit]


  • The Reverend Dr Maria Hearl Assistant Curate
  • The Reverend Canon John Thurmer Honorary Assistant Priest

Benefice of Exeter St James (St James)[edit]


  • The Reverend Henry Pryse Rector of St James′

Benefice of Exeter St Leonard with Holy Trinity (St Leonard and Holy Trinity)[edit]


  • The Reverend Simon Austin Rector of St Leonard's
  • The Reverend Chris Keane Associate Minister

Other staff:

  • Rachel Holyome Youth Minister
  • Sophie Gower Associate Women's Minister
  • Helen Morrissey Ministry Assistant
  • Tom Richards Ministry Assistant
  • Jonnie Armstrong Ministry Assistant
  • Joanna Raven Ministry Assistant

Benefice of Exeter St Mark, St Sidwell and St Matthew (St Mark, St Sidwell and St Matthew)[edit]

Parishes within the benefice:


Benefice of Heavitree and St Mary Steps[edit]

Parishes within the benefice:

  • Heavitree (St Michael and All Angels) with St Lawrence, St Clare and St Paul.
  • St Mary Steps (St Mary)
  • Trinity Conventional District


  • The Reverend Robin Eastoe Priest in Charge
  • The Reverend Jonny Elvin Curate-in-Charge (Conventional District of Trinity at Clyst Heath)
  • The Reverend Paul Morrell Team Vicar (St Paul's Burnthouse Lane)
  • The Reverend Jolyon Seward Team Vicar (Heavitree and St Lawrence)
  • The Reverend David Apps (Semi-Retired)
  • The Reverend John Fairweather (Semi-Retired)
  • The Reverend Vincent Gillett
  • The Reverend Roy James
  • The Reverend Peter Lee
  • The Reverend Prebendary Michael Moreton

Benefice of Exeter St Thomas and Emmanuel[edit]

Parishes within the benefice:

  • Exeter St Thomas (St Thomas the Apostle) with St Andrew
  • Exeter Emmanuel (Emmanuel) with St Philip


The Revd. Nicholas Edwards, Team Rector

The Revd. Anne Dowdeswell, Team Vicar

The Revd. Georgina Vye, Curate

Benefice of Exwick (St Andrew)[edit]

Clergy: The Reverend Jerry Bird, Priest in charge

Benefice of Whipton (St Boniface with Holy Trinity)[edit]


  • The Reverend John Byatt Priest-in-Charge

Exeter Network Church: an extra-parochial place of worship[edit]


  • The Reverend Jon Soper

Leadership team

  • Jo Soper
  • James McClune
  • Tatty Wilson

External links[edit]