Cathedral Chaplain for Christ Church

Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker

Christ Church Cathedral has appointed a new member of the cathedral team for the next twelve months.

Interim Chaplain, the Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker, will work alongside Chapter, the College Chaplain and Precentor to help cover sabbatical leave and the vacancy for a diocesan canon.

Her job will be a mix of taking services and providing pastoral care to the congregation, as well as developing new links across the city and diocese. Charlotte is currently Associate Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford and an Associate Minister at the University Church.

Ordained in 2005, Charlotte is a Doctoral candidate at the School of Theology, Boston University and a Visiting Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford. She founded the annual Oxford Interfaith Friendship Walk. She is also a faculty member of the Senior Faith Leadership Programme, St George’s Windsor. The topic of her doctorate is transformational leadership related to climate change and eco-action. Charlotte is also a member of the Oxford Diocese’s Environment Task Group.

Charlotte is also part of the team behind the weekly online Church at Home service which the Diocese of Oxford has offered since the beginning of the pandemic restrictions.

The Sub Dean Fr Richard Peers said: “We are thrilled that Charlotte will be joining the ministry team at Christ Church. She will bring her many gifts and life experience to help us as we journey through this pandemic. We are all looking forward to working with her and benefiting from her enthusiasm, wisdom and humour.”

“I am delighted and honoured to be joining the Cathedral,” said Charlotte. “I look forward to getting to know the Cathedral community and being part of its rich tapestry of worship.”

The Revd Dr Will Lamb, Vicar of the University Church, said: “Charlotte is a very experienced priest and I know that very quickly the Cathedral community will come to value her wisdom and skill in pastoral care. She takes up this temporary role at the Cathedral with our full support, as well as our love and prayers. We look forward to welcoming her back to St Mary’s in due course.”