The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Roger Bush, Archdeacon of Cornwall, as the new Dean of Truro. He will be installed at a special service on 22 September in Truro Cathedral.

Commenting on the news, the Bishop Tim said: “I am very pleased indeed that Roger is to be the Dean of Truro.  We have, of course, worked closely together since I arrived in the Diocese and Roger is a good colleague who I know will do a very good job. 

“Roger and Lois are no strangers to the Cathedral and I know they will be welcomed by the whole community.  Roger has an important task to undertake in leading the work of the Cathedral and also in continuing to fulfil the roles he has across the Diocese, most importantly as Chairman of the Board of Education. 

“I shall keep him in my prayers as he undergoes this transition and I am looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship. I know the diocese will find in him a good prayerful, inspirational and creative Dean.”

Expressing his delight at his appointment, Roger Bush said: “First of all I need to say what an immense privilege it is to be invited to serve as Dean of Truro. I have been very fortunate in being involved in the life of the Cathedral in some way or another for many years, so to have the opportunity to lead the Cathedral community is a wonderful opportunity for me, to which I am greatly looking forward.

“I see the Cathedral as being pivotal in furthering Bishop Tim’s aim of Discovering the Kingdom and Growing the Church; of being one of the leading witnesses of the Christian Gospel in Cornwall; and of using its significant symbolic importance as valuing and enhancing Cornish life in all its forms and varieties.

“The Christian Church is there to serve the whole community, not just to have regard for itself, and I want to ensure that the Cathedral plays its part in that life of service across the whole of the Diocese of Truro.

“I am conscious of the hard work and energy that is already being used to make the Cathedral the great place it is; and I look forward to working with everyone to build on its solid and broad foundations as we reach out into the community through the development of Phase 2 of our Inspire Cornwall project and other initiatives.”

Roger Bush has lived and worked in Cornwall for 18 years – as parish priest, as residentiary Canon of the Cathedral, and as Archdeacon of Cornwall. Prior to this, he served as a curate and as a team vicar in Chesterfield and Leicester respectively. 

He was brought up the son of a farmer in Norfolk, so the interests of the farming community are especially dear to his heart. Married to Lois, Roger has two grown-up children, Hannah and Tom. His interests include reading, classical music and singing ‘strangulated tenor’ in a choir.

Roger Bush. [Photo: Paul Richards]