Diocesan Chancellor to stand down

Published: 15th October 2020

The Diocesan Chancellor, Charles Mynors, has announced that he will be stepping down from the role at the end of 2020.

Charles is a barrister based in London and is one of the longest-serving Chancellors in the Church of England, having been in post for 23 years. During that time, he has sat in judgement on a whole range of issues affecting churches in Worcestershire and Dudley, in particular agreeing whether significant work can be carried out in consecrated churches and churchyards.

Charles has also written a book on the Church of England’s faculty system, ‘Changing Churches’, which he has recently updated to take account of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction [etc] Measure 2018 and the Faculty Amendment Rules 2019.  He is planning a companion volume on churchyards.

Charles said:

“When I was first appointed, I was the youngest Chancellor in the Church of England and as I approach retirement, this seems like the right time to step down from this role. I have certainly enjoyed my time at Worcester; and I have been hugely supported throughout my time as Chancellor both by the former Bishop of Worcester, Peter Selby, by whom I was appointed and by Bishop John, as well as by the seven archdeacons with whom I have had the privilege of working.  I am very grateful to all.”

Bishop John said:

“As a diocese, we owe Charles a huge debt of gratitude all he has done as Chancellor over such a long period of time: 23 years is a pretty impressive stint by any by any reckoning! Charles’ wisdom and judgement have been hugely appreciated. His skill and deep Christian commitment have enabled him to act at all times for the good of the mission of the church as well the care of the heritage of which we are stewards. I give heartfelt thanks for him and pray for God’s rich blessing on him in the future.”

Every diocese in the Church of England has an ecclesiastical court, known as the Consistory Court, whose judge is the Chancellor. The Bishop appoints the Chancellor by Letters Patent, following consultation with the Dean of the Arches and the Lord Chancellor. After appointment, the Chancellor becomes an independent judge. The Consistory Court is one of the Queen’s Courts and the authority of the Chancellor derives not from the bishop but from law. Much of the routine work that the Chancellor undertakes is centred on the exercise of faculty jurisdiction, which allows work to be carried out on consecrated churches and churchyards.

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