Pete Wilcox

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The Very Reverend
Pete Wilcox
Dean of Liverpool
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Liverpool
In office 2012 to present
Predecessor Justin Welby
Ordination 1987 (deacon)
1988 (priest)
Personal details
Birth name Peter Jonathan Wilcox
Born 1961 (age 54–55)
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Catherine Fox
Children 2
Alma mater St John's College, Durham
Ridley Hall, Cambridge
St John's College, Oxford

Peter Jonathan "Pete" Wilcox (born 1961) is a Church of England priest. He has been the Dean of Liverpool since 2012.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Wilcox was born in 1961. He studied at Durham University where he was a member of St John's College. He graduated from Durham with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1984. He then attended Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he trained for ordination and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA degree in theology in 1986. Later, he returned to Durham for post-graduate study and completed a Master of Arts (MA) degree in 1991. He then attended St John's College, Oxford, and completed a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1993.[2] His doctoral thesis was titled "Restoration, Reformation and the progress of the kingdom of Christ : evangelisation in the thought and practice of John Calvin, 1555–1564".[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

He was ordained in 1988 and his first post was a curacy in Preston-on-Tees. From 1990 to 1993, while undertaking post-graduate study, he was a non-stipendiary minister at St Giles' Church, Oxford and St Margaret's Church, Oxford.[2] He was Team Vicar of Gateshead from 1993 to 1998 when he became the Director of the Urban Mission Centre, Cranmer Hall. He was priest in charge of St Paul's Walsall from 1998 before becoming Canon Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral in 2006.[4] He was installed as Dean of Liverpool at its Anglican cathedral on 15 September 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Wilcox is married to Catherine Fox.[5] She is a writer and a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.[6] Together, they have two sons.[5]


  • The Reverend Pete Wilcox (1988–1993)
  • The Reverend Doctor Pete Wilcox (1993–2006)
  • The Reverend Canon Doctor Pete Wilcox (2006–2012)
  • The Very Reverend Doctor Pete Wilcox (2012–present)


  1. ^ "The Revd Canon Dr Pete Wilcox is to be the next Dean of Liverpool". Liverpool Cathedral. March '07.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Peter Jonathan Wilcox". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 November 2015.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Thesis record, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
  4. ^ "Dean of Liverpool". No 10 Downing St. 7 March 2012. Archived from the original on unknown.  Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Dean Very Rev Dr Pete Wilcox". People. Liverpool Cathedral. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dr Catherine Wilcox". Staff profiles. Manchester Metropolitan University. Retrieved 16 April 2015.