New Archdeacon for Diocese to Focus on Mission

    6 April 2014

    The Reverend Canon Dr Paul Moore has this month started in his new position as Archdeacon for Mission Development. In this new role, the first of its kind in the Church of England, Paul will lead a new Mission Development Team working across five key areas: developing and over-seeing fresh expressions of church and pioneering work across the Diocese, promoting social engagement (including establishing social enterprises), education, world mission partnerships, as well as enabling all forms of mission and training through the new School of Mission.

    Paul joins the Diocese of Winchester having served in the Diocese of Portsmouth for over a decade and as parish priest for over 25 years. In that time he has become a leading figure in developing new ideas to welcome and encourage people into church and to reach beyond the church to people previously untouched by it. Paul is one of the founders of Messy Church, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, a form of church where adults and children can explore faith together through imaginative and often messy craft activities and experience Christian community through interactive participative worship and a shared meal. Archdeacon Paul and the Mission Development Team will be aiming to build on and grow many of the existing community projects that the Diocese of Winchester is involved with – for example, the Southampton Street Pastors and the Weston Lighthouse project - while seeking to encourage and establish new, creative and dynamic ways for the Church to engage with society.

    This is the first time that an Archdeacon has not been assigned a specific Archdeaconry and the role is designed to help deliver the Diocese of Winchester’s vision to become a mission-shaped Diocese.

    The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester


    “This is a very exciting time for the Diocese and I am delighted that Paul will be joining us in this new role. His extensive experience in parish ministry is the perfect foundation for the work he will be undertaking in our existing communities and beyond.

    As someone who has pioneered welcoming new people, Paul will ensure that as a diocese we are confident about connecting and reaching out beyond our church buildings to communities which have not engaged with the Christian faith before, bringing them the good news of God’s love for them and his world.”

    Commenting on his new role,

    the Reverend Dr Paul Moore


    “It’s exciting and a huge privilege to take up this new position developing a new team to help churches across the Diocese grow in faith and numbers and have a greater impact for good both in their local communities and the wider world. I’m very much looking forward to working with colleagues to encourage the growth of Christian communities and fresh ways of being Church that reach out to engage with people who wouldn’t normally think of coming to church.”


    For further information please contact the Diocesan communications team on 020 7618 9197 or email

    Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore

    After studying English at Balliol College, Oxford and completing research for a doctorate, the Reverend Paul Moore was ordained in 1989. A parish priest for over 25 years, he has been Vicar of St Wilfrid’s Church, Cowplain, in the Portsmouth Diocese since 2001. In 2004 Paul was part of a team there that created and launched the first Messy Church, a form of church for families which has become a global movement and involves hands-on exploration of faith through craft activities, food, fun and celebration. Paul was Area Dean of Havant from 2004 to 2009 and is an Honorary Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral.