From 1972 to 1975, Buckler was curate at Bushey Heath in St Albans. He then became Chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1975 to 1981. In 1981, he moved to St Paul's Cathedral to become Minor Canon and Sacrist; a post he held until 1986.
Buckler was appointed Vicar of Hampstead in 1987, and he was also Area Dean of North Camden between 1993 and 1998. He became Canon Residentiary of St Paul's Cathedral in 1999, before becoming Canon Treasurer in 2000.
- Mr Philip Buckler (1949–1974)
- The Revd Philip Buckler (1974–1999)
- The Revd Canon Philip Buckler (1999–2006)
- The Very Revd Philip Buckler (2006–present)