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The Benefice of St Mary’s Sixpenny Handley with

Gussage St Andrew and St Rumbold’s, Pentridge

Who’s Who

Priest in Charge

Canon Richard Hancock photo

The Reverend Canon Richard Hancock. TSSF

Richard is married to Kate who is a teacher. They have two boys, Alex, who is reading English at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Ben who is training to be a Chef now at Wiltshire College.

Prior to his ordination in 1997 Richard studied Photography at Berkshire College of Art and Design and then worked as a Freelance Professional Photographer. He spent two years as a Full-Time Youth and Children’s Officer in the Riverside Team Ministry in the Oxford Diocese prior to his training for ministry at both Lincoln Theological College, then after its closure at Westcott House, Cambridge. He served his curacy in the urban parish of St Peter’s Didcot but rural ministry has always been his passion. After his curacy he become Priest in Charge of Shrivenham with Watchfield and Bourton and played a key role in the formation of the Shrivenham and Ashbury Benefice, becoming Incumbent in 2002, consisting of seven rural parishes where he has served for eighteen years. He also served as an Officiating Chaplain to the Military [OCM] at the Defence Academy Shrivenham.

Within the Oxford Diocese he has served as Area Dean of the Vale of the White Horse Deanery for seven years, has been a member of the Board of Mission and one of the Diocesan Missions Team. He has also been a pioneer in developing Prayer Space projects in rural schools and an advisor on the Rural Education Advisory Group. In 2012 he was made an Honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford and more recently has been made a Canon Emeritus. Richard is also a life professed member of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis TSSF.

His hobbies include photography, attending eccentric vintage events, cooking and fan of Real Ale. He’s a self-confessed petrol head attending track days in his Caterham 7 and more recently MX5 and has achieved a 9.46 second lap time around the Nurburgring.

Richard has a passion for life, people and God’s Mission and is looking forward to taking up this new challenge and working alongside people as the Rural Field Officer for Dorset and Priest in Charge of the Sixpenny Handley Benefice to help build the rural church and community life.

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