Installation of The Revd Canon Timothy Goode at York Minster


The Revd Canon Timothy Goode, will be Installed as York Minster’s new Canon for Congregational Discipleship and Nurture during Choral Evensong in the inspiring surroundings of the cathedral’s Quire on Saturday 9 September at 4pm. All are welcome.

The service will also be livestreamed
This new post will see Tim focusing on growing and supporting the life and witness of the current congregations in the Minster, developing new congregations, and creating opportunities to encounter the Christian faith and to nurture those seeking to understand and explore their faith journey.

The Installation part of the service consists of three separate ceremonies. Tim will first be collated, a formal licensing ceremony conducted by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. He will then be admitted and installed into his assigned stall in the Quire by the Dean of York, Dominic Barrington.

Tim will become one of the four Executive Trustee members of the Chapter of York, the Church of England governing body responsible for York Minster, and will be part of the cathedral’s clergy team led by the Dean of York.

Biographical details – Revd Canon Timothy Goode

Tim was brought up in Worcestershire. His father was a Vicar and Tim was a chorister at St Michael’s Tenbury before gaining a music scholarship to Ellesmere College. Tim studied Music Composition and Performance at Huddersfield Polytechnic and trained as a secondary school teacher at the Roehampton Institute. He was a music teacher at St Philomena’s School in Carshalton from 1991-1995, before being appointed Director of Music of Homefield School in Sutton from 1995-2007. He trained for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served his title at Croydon Minster, in the Diocese of Southwark and was ordained priest in 2010.

From September 2012 to May 2018, Tim was Team Vicar of St Luke’s Whyteleafe and St Peter and St Paul, Chaldon, part of the Caterham Team Ministry. From 2013 to 2021 he was also the Southwark Diocesan Disability Advisor. He was appointed Rector of St Margaret’s Lee in the Southwark Diocese in May 2018.

Tim is a member of the National Disability Task Group, which advises the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on disability issues. A member of the General Synod between 2015 - 2023, Tim led the first debate on disability at the General Synod in July 2022. He was a member of the Archbishops’ Council between 2020 - 2023. Tim was made an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral in September 2020 and has been a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust since November 2020. 

Tim has been married to Bernie since 1995. Bernie, who is a practising Roman Catholic, is a Chemistry Teacher. Until July 2023, Bernie was Head of the Science Faculty at Sutton High School and has recently joined the Science Department at St Peter’s School in York teaching Chemistry. They do not have children but they do have a 3 year-old lurcher called Finzi!  

Tim is disabled and writes and lectures on the Theology of Disability. His particular academic interest is exploring how a Christian anthropology, founded upon the resurrected body of Jesus Christ, challenges our cultural perceptions of perfection.

The Revd Canon Timothy Goode will become the Chapter Member holding the Major Dignity of Pastor and will be known as the Minster’s Canon for Congregational Discipleship and Nurture.  As a Residentiary Canon (the Prebendary of Tockerington), Tim will be one of the four Executive Trustees of the Chapter of York (registered charity number 1201499), the Church of England governing body that is responsible for every aspect of York Minster’s Christian work and ministry and for the cathedral’s legal and regulatory compliance.
The legal formalities of swearing the prescribed statutory Declaration and Oaths will be administered before the service begins by the Deputy Registrar for the Diocese of York, Jessica Gray, before the Archbishop in the Minster’s Consistory Court.

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