New role for rev as he becomes sub dean for Wakefield Cathedral

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A former teacher has been chosen as the new sub dean for Wakefield Cathedral.

Rev Canon Tony Macpherson was ordained at the cathedral in 1980 and watched his youngest daughter, Catherine, follow in his footsteps in 2010.

He said: “I am really excited to be able to play a fuller part in the cathedral team.

“It’s a great place to work and while I loved my diocesan-wide role, I am really pleased to be able to focus on cathedral work as the next stage of my ministry.”

Rev Macpherson was born in Gloucestershire and trained to be teacher.

He decided to pursue ordination training and his first curacy was in Morley, Leeds.

After spells in Penistone and Grimethorpe, near Barnsley, he became priest in charge of Horbury Junction and Horbury St Mary’s.

Rev Macpherson was made Canon Missioner for the historic diocese of Wakefield in 2007.

He said: “My dream is to continue to build a place that’s open and accepting where everyone feels welcome.”

Rev Macpherson will be licensed at the cathedral on Sunday, January 11, 2015.