Who we are
The Bishop of Truro
The Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen
Prior to becoming the 16th Bishop of Truro, Bishop Philip was the executive leader of the Christian Mission Society.
Philip was ordained as a deacon in 1988 and priested in 1989. He served his curacy at Gerrard’s Cross and Fulmer in the Diocese of Oxford, and then served as the Vicar of St James’ Church, West Streatham, in the Diocese of Southwark, from 1992 to 1998.
In 1998 Philip joined the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), initially tasked with helping churches develop youth and children’s ministry, then serving as head of ministry and ultimately as the deputy general director from 2004 to 2007.
In 2007 Philip moved with his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Kitty, to Paris, where he was the chaplain of St Michael’s Church, in the centre of Paris, a multicultural church with a congregation who spoke around 40 different languages.
In late 2012, Philip left Paris for his role at the Church Mission Society. Philip oversaw the operation of all CMS’s mission in 40 countries, leading a community of around 3,000 members and supporting around 350 people in mission around the world.
Bishop Philip was consecrated on November 30 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and was welcomed to the Diocese of Truro on January 12, 2019.
The Bishop of St Germans
The Rt Revd Dr 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/ Cornwall
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.
Executive Assistant to the Archdeacon
T 07734 498565 (during office hours)
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.