The Bishops, the Board of Nomination and the Cathedral Nominators are pleased to announce that the Reverend David Rowe has been appointed Dean of the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.
David is currently serving as Priest in Charge of Christ Church in Winchester in the United Kingdom. He is already known to several people in this diocese and New Zealand as he has ministered a number times here over the last five years.
Bishop Justin says “David’s parish, diocesan and national ministry experience is ideally suited to the Cathedral’s goals of building community, deepening discipleship, responsible stewardship, generous hospitality, and faith in the public place”.
David has successfully led eight different churches and communities in rural, urban and city contexts and pioneered mission in schools, universities, communities, families and youth contexts for over thirty years. He has spoken at national and international gatherings and is an experienced strategy developer, team leader and mentor. David led and managed Lee Abbey, an international retreat and conference centre in Devon, that welcomed 8,000 guests a year with a turnover of £1.5 million and a leadership team of 20.
David told the selection panel that he is committed to facilitating a sacred place for worship, hospitality and education at Wellington Cathedral, alongside building a community that will demonstrate the love of Christ by the way we relate to each other and open our doors and reach out to our neighbours.
David is married to Pixie, who is a locally licensed minister and a Fair-Trade advocate in the UK. They have served together in churches since they were married in 1982. David is father and father-in-law of the Reverends Caleb and Kimberley Rowe who are currently serving as priests in Whanganui. Pixie and he have three other adult children.
It is hoped that David will be able to take up the position of Dean of Wellington in July 2018.