The Revd Martin Gorick began his new ministry as the Archdeacon of Oxford and Residentiary Canon of Christ Church following a service at Christ Church today, Saturday 4th May 2013. Martin was formerly the Vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Martin, who is 50, was born in Liverpool, grew up in Nottingham and worked in London and Taunton. He studied Theology and Religious Students at Selwyn College, Cambridge and did his ministerial training at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He was ordained in Durham in 1987, serving as Curate of Birtley on the edge of Gateshead. He served as Chaplain (1991-1994) to the former Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Richard Harries, before moving to a first incumbency in the urban priority area Smethwick in Birmingham Diocese.
There he became Area Dean before being appointed Vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon in 2001. His role included looking after Shakespeare’s Grave, which attracts 250,000 visitors each year, and serving as chaplain to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
On his appointment, Martin said, “I’m very much looking forward to being in Oxford Diocese again, with all its challenges and opportunities. I will have a lot to learn in this new post, but hopefully a good deal to offer as Archdeacon, ‘Servant of the servants of God.’”
Bishop John said: "I'm delighted that Martin is to join us as Archdeacon of Oxford. He brings wisdom, warmth, imagination, and a wealth of experience - including as Bishop's chaplain here and as curate in a great parish in Durham that I know well. His ministry at Holy Trinity Stratford-upon-Avon has been outstanding. We've given him a demanding new role which includes leading on new communities, inter-faith work and chaplaincies across the diocese, as well as the 30 per cent of time at the cathedral, but I'm absolutely confident we have the man for the moment.”
The Dean, the Very Revd Christopher Lewis says: "We at Christ Church are very pleased about the appointment of Martin. He will bring great experience and skill. The Archdeacon plays an important role in the life of this variegated institution: cathedral and college." Martin is married to Katharine who is currently Senior Teacher for Visually Impaired children in Warwickshire. They have three children, Sam 21, Lydia 18 and Anna 16.
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