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New Archdeacon Missioner appointed

The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, is pleased to announce that the Reverend Barry Dugmore has been appointed as Archdeacon Missioner of the Diocese of Coventry.

The position of Archdeacon Missioner became vacant after previous Archdeacon Missioner, the Venerable Morris Rodham, moved on from the diocese in April to become the Priest-in-Charge of St Patrick’s, Patterdale.

As Archdeacon Missioner, Barry will play a key part in the leadership of the Diocese. The Archdeacon Missioner is a member of the Bishop’s Core Staff Team and he will contribute to the development and implementation of diocesan strategy, including church growth and church planting, and oversee the clergy appointment process. 

Bishop Christopher said:

“The post of Archdeacon Missioner remains a unique appointment in the Church of England and it requires a particular set of gifts and experience. So I’m delighted Barry Dugmore will be coming to join us and bringing the sort of proven track record in the life and mission of the Church that will help us take forward the health and growth of the Diocese that we’ve seen over recent years.  I really look forward to welcoming Barry and Suzanne to this great part of the country where so much is happening and where God wants to do so much more among us.”

Barry said:

“I am really excited about taking up my new role in the Diocese of Coventry, and serving God’s church here. I have a real passion for releasing the gifts of the whole body of Christ, and growing disciples who invite others to explore a journey of faith. The fruit of Coventry’s vision for mission is evident, inspiring each one of us to be builders for the Kingdom of God.

I look forward to getting to know the diocese and the wider area over the coming months, and being part of our on-going mission as we seek to worship God together, make new disciples and live as ambassadors for Christ in God’s work of transforming our communities.”

Barry will take up this role on 1st October.


Barry was born in Stoke-on-Trent, spending his early years there, in Stafford and Telford before moving to Kent as a 13 year old. He later became a graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry and achieved chartered chemist status whilst working for ICI as a research technician and then research chemist.

Barry’s career in agrochemical research resulted in a move to Hampshire with his wife Suzanne and young family. Later he began a commercial career in the pharmaceutical /medical device industry working as a medical representative, and in marketing and business development roles.

Suzanne’s quiet insistence on a church wedding, and later, the hospitality and welcome of a local church were instrumental for Barry coming to a living faith as a parent of young children.

As a musician and singer in various bands, he, and Suzanne, also a singer, became part of a new ‘worship band’ discovering a whole new world of worship music!  Barry’s faith grew as he developed as a worship leader and preacher.  He also discovered his gift of evangelism and passion to encourage others in church to simply to share and tell their own faith story.

Following training at STETS (Southern Theological Education & Training Scheme) Barry was ordained in Portsmouth diocese in 2001. He served his curacy in Cowplain, from there to Whiteley, prior to moving to Tiverton in Exeter Diocese in 2007.  Here he led two churches through a period of healing, renewal and significant growth, and also served as Rural Dean.

For the past four years he has been Exeter Diocese’ Mission Enabler working with clergy, lay leaders, PCCs and congregations to encourage confidence in faith sharing, growth in whole life discipleship, fresh expressions of church and church planting.  Instrumental to this has been the ‘Mission Shed’ local resource hub network that Barry envisioned and launched. He was also part of a team working on a successful project to plant, with a significant SDF grant, three new churches on outer estates in Plymouth, and currently chairs Plymouth Partnership in Mission which provides oversight to the new church plants.

Barry is a keen runner, a poor golfer, and enjoys walking on coastal paths, moor and mountains. He continues to play and record music; and is committed to learning art appreciation, especially as Suzanne is a talented artist and general all-round creative person.

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