At a Service attended by Their Majesties The King and Queen on Thursday 23 November the Right Reverend Christopher Cocksworth was installed as the 65th Dean of Windsor.
Towards the start of the Service the Chapter Clerk informed the College of St George and other members of the congregation that a short Chapter meeting was held earlier in the day at which The King’s Letters Patent and the Writ of Mandamus were read, that the Dean Designate had taken the necessary oaths and declarations and therefore the Canons would “invest him in his jurisdiction and cure, and assign him his stall in Quire and his place and voice in Chapter.”
During the Service the Dean was presented with a copy of the College Statutes, a pastoral staff and the Bible. He was asked to make a series of promises. As an example of the serious nature of such promises, he was asked, after Canon Finlay had read verses 25 to 30 from the 19th Chapter of the Gospel of St John: “Will you in the proclamation of the word and the administration of the sacraments seek to serve all who live, work and visit in this place, so making known the presence of God with his people?” A little later Canon Finlay, Canon Poll and Canon Powell jointly placed the Dean in the stall assigned to his office saying “We assign to you, Right Reverend Father, this chief stall in the Quire, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” The Dean then lead the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer; the Choir sang the Te Deum and the Dean preached the sermon.
Dean Cocksworth was educated at Manchester University and trained for ministry at St John’s College, Nottingham. He served his title at Christ Church, Epsom Common, in the diocese of Guildford, and was ordained priest in 1989.
In 1992 he was appointed Chaplain at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Bedford New College and from 1997 to 2001 he served as Director at the Southern Theological and Education Training Scheme (STETS). From 1999 he held the additional title of Honorary Canon at Guildford Cathedral. In 2001 Christopher was appointed Principal of Ridley Hall, University of Cambridge.
In 2008 he was appointed as Bishop of Coventry. He is married and has five adult sons.