Who we are
The Bishop of Truro
The Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen
Prior to becoming the 16th Bishop of Truro, Bishop Philip was the executive leader of the Church Mission Society, enabling networking across the Anglican Communion and beyond.
Philip was ordained as a deacon in 1988 and priested in 1989. He served his curacy at Gerrard’s Cross and Fulmer in the Diocese of Oxford, and then served as the Vicar of St James’ Church, West Streatham, in the Diocese of Southwark, from 1992 to 1998.
In 1998 Philip joined the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), initially tasked with helping churches develop youth and children’s ministry, then serving as head of ministry and ultimately as the deputy general director from 2004 to 2007.
In 2007 Philip moved with his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Kitty, to Paris, where he was the chaplain of St Michael’s Church, in the centre of Paris, a multicultural church with a congregation who spoke around 40 different languages.
In late 2012, Philip left Paris for his role at the Church Mission Society. Philip oversaw the operation of all CMS’s mission in 40 countries, leading a community of around 3,000 members and supporting around 350 people in mission around the world.
Bishop Philip was consecrated on November 30 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and was welcomed to the Diocese of Truro on January 12, 2019.
In December 2018 he was asked by the then Foreign Secretary to investigate how well – or otherwise – the Foreign Office had responded to the global issue of the global persecution of Christians. The recommendations of the final report, published seven months later, were subsequently accepted in full by the UK government. He retains a significant interest in this area, and also chairs the Church of England’s Partnership for World Mission, the umbrella body which gathers together the C of E’s various specialist mission agencies.
The Bishop of St Germans
The Rt Revd Hugh Nelson
The Rt Revd Hugh Nelson was consecrated on July 15, 2020 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, at Lambeth Palace Chapel, London.
Bishop Hugh studied theology at Worcester College, Oxford. He joined L’Arche London where he served for 13 years taking on a range of roles including director of the L’Arche London community, as chair of the group responsible for L’Arche’s relationships with the UK church denominations, and for L’Arche International on the team responsible for renewing the vision and strategy of the Federation of 80 communities worldwide.
Bishop Hugh left L’Arche in 2007 to train for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and then served his curacy in the Medway area in Canterbury Diocese before his appointment as parish priest of St Mary’s, Goudhurst and Christ Church, Kilndown in the Diocese of Canterbury in 2012.
Bishop Hugh is married to Lizzie and they have four children.
The Bishops’ Office
Lis Escop, Feock, Truro TR3 6QQ
T 01872 862657
The Archdeacon of Bodmin
The Ven Audrey Elkington
Archdeacon Audrey was welcomed to Cornwall from the Diocese of Newcastle in 2011. While in Newcastle, Audrey spent 14 years in parish ministry before becoming Bishop’s Chaplain and Director of Ordinands in 2002.
Audrey studied Biochemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, before undertaking a PhD. It was while engaged in her postgraduate studies that Audrey was drawn to Ministry. Beginning as a deaconess in 1988, she went on to become a priest in 1994. Audrey is married to Revd Canon Dave Elkington.
T 01208 892811
The Archdeacon of Cornwall
The Ven Paul Bryer
Archdeacon Paul was welcomed to the diocese in September 2019. Before his move, Paul spent 25 years in the Diocese of Guildford, with his last role there being Archdeacon of Dorking.
As a former teacher and head of religious studies, Paul has had a lifelong passion for education. Over the past 20 years or so this has particularly been focused on fostering the aims and ethos of church schools. He has served as a diocesan schools’ inspector and as a director of Guildford diocese’s Good Shepherd Academy Trust.
Paul is married to Fiona, and the couple have three adult children.
T 01872 496546
Executive Assistant to the Archdeacons
T 07734 498565 (during office hours)
The Dean of Truro
The Very Revd Roger Bush
Dean of Truro Roger Bush has been in post since 2012. He previously spent six years as the Archdeacon of Cornwall. Roger was educated at King’s College London and Leeds University. He was ordained in 1987 and began ministry in Derbyshire. Roger, who is married with two children, has lived in Cornwall for over 20 years.
Revd Canon Simon Cade
Simon came to the Diocese of Truro as a parish priest in 2005, and since 2014 has been Director of Education & Discipleship. Simon took up the post of Diocesan Secretary in summer 2020.