Welcome + Worship + Witness


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The Revd Simon Cowling has been the Rector of Bolton Priory since September 2013.

Simon was previously the Precentor at Sheffield Cathedral, where he was responsible for planning and directing the Cathedral’s worship and special services. His other responsibilities in Sheffield included chairing the Steering Group for the cathedral’s Gateway development project, in addition to being Chaplain to the Master Cutler.

Simon’s early years were spent in Huddersfield, and he then went on to Cambridge University, graduating in Classics. Prior to ordination he taught Latin and Greek at Freman College in Hertfordshire. Simon then obtained a Theology degree from Lincoln Theological College, and following ordination spent his curacies in Leeds. From 1996 to 2007 he was the Vicar of Roundhay St Edmund in Leeds, and from 2004  was also Area Dean of the Allerton Deanery.

Simon is married to Anne, and they have three adult children – Felicity, Faith and Chad.

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