Who we are
The Bishop of Truro
The Rt Revd Tim Thornton MA
Bishop Tim was welcomed to Cornwall in March 2009 from Dorset where he was previously the Bishop of Sherborne. Bishop Tim was educated at Devonport High School for Boys before attending the University of Southampton and King’s College London. He was ordained in 1980 and began his ministry in West Yorkshire. Bishop Tim has been chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Society since 2010 and has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2013. Bishop Tim is married with two children and three grandchildren.
The Bishop of St Germans
The Rt Revd Chris Goldsmith BA, DPhil
Bishop Chris arrived in the Diocese of Truro in 2013 from Essex where he had been the vicar of Warley Christ Church and St Mary the Virgin, Great Warley since 2004.
Bishop Chris studied at the University of York where he completed a PhD in biochemistry. He went on to spend 25 years working in the oil and gas industry initially as a research scientist before moving into human resources and management roles. He began his Church of England Ministry as a Reader before studying part time for three years to complete his priestly training. He was ordained in 2000.
Bishop Chris is married to Revd Ellie Goldsmith and the couple have two children.
The Bishops’ Office
Lis Escop, Feock, Truro TR3 6QQ
T 01872 862657
The Archdeacon of Bodmin
The Ven Audrey Elkington BA, PHD.
Archdeacon Audrey was welcomed to Cornwall from the Diocese of Newcastle in 2011. While in Newcastle, Audrey spent 14 years in parish ministry before becoming Bishop’s Chaplain and Director of Ordinands in 2002.
Audrey studied Biochemistry at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, before undertaking a PhD. It was while engaged in her postgraduate studies that Audrey was drawn to Ministry. Beginning as a deaconess in 1988, she went on to become a priest in 1994. Audrey is married to Revd Canon Dave Elkington.
The Archdeacon of Cornwall
The Ven Bill Stuart-White MA
Archdeacon Bill had been in Parish Ministry in the Diocese of Truro since 1998 when he was appointed Archdeacon of Cornwall in December 2012. He also served for 6 of those years as Diocesan Rural Link Officer. Bill was educated at Winchester College and read Classics at Merton College, Oxford before training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol. He was ordained in the Diocese of Ripon in 1986 and served his curacy in Leeds before a first incumbency in the Diocese of Birmingham. Bill is married to Bren; between them they have six adult children and seven grandchildren.
The Dean of Truro
The Very Revd Roger Bush
Dean of Truro Roger Bush has been in post since 2012. He previously spent six years as the Archdeacon of Cornwall. Roger was educated at King’s College London and Leeds University. He was ordained in 1987 and began ministry in Derbyshire. Roger, who is married with two children, has lived in Cornwall for over 20 years.
The Diocesan Secretary
Mrs Esther Pollard
Esther is originally from the Netherlands and has lived and worked in many countries around the world. Esther joined the Diocese in 2008 having moved to Cornwall with her husband David over 17 years ago. Esther is passionate about our vision to support and encourage everyone in our diocese to work towards Discovering God’s Kingdom, Growing the Church.
Together with a hard-working and loyal team, her role is to support the Bishops, fellow clergy and all paid staff as well as those thousands of volunteers who give their time so freely, in areas of statutory obligations, administration, financial and strategic needs.