Dean of Chester

Situated at the heart of the historic city, Chester Cathedral plays a vital role in Christian mission in Chester and throughout the Diocese. We are looking to appoint an inspirational leader to serve the Cathedral community, be a visible presence in the life of the city and county, and support the Bishop in the mission and ministry of the Diocese.

Details about the vacancy are on this website. A briefing pack is also available for download

From the bishop

“I am looking forward to welcoming the next Dean of Chester to be a key member of my senior staff team. The Dean will be committed to the daily rhythm of prayer and worship within the life of the Cathedral, to leading the Cathedral to be a partner in worship and witness across the whole diocese, and to developing the mission of the church from the unique opportunities available to the Cathedral.”

+Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester

About Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is a Grade 1 Listed Building, dating from 1092, on the site of earlier buildings for Christian worship, with additions from various subsequent periods, including by George Gilbert Scott in the nineteenth century. The most recent addition is the Song School completed in 2000. Under the Norman Earl of Chester, it was founded as a Benedictine Abbey and holds the shrine of St Werburgh, patron saint of Chester. In 1541, following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, it was consecrated the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary and became the seat of the Bishop of Chester.

The Cathedral’s main treasures are fourteenth century carvings in the Quire, the altar piece on the High Altar from the nineteenth century, and the Cobweb Picture of the Virgin with the Infant Christ. The Chapel of St Anselm was used by St Anselm of Bec. Ranulph Higden, a monk of Chester in the early fourteenth century, may have been responsible for writing the script of the Chester Mystery Plays which are hosted on a five-yearly cycle. The next performances will be this year.