Deaneries and Parishes

Woman on road looking at mapCanterbury Diocese comprises 247 parishes organised in 126 legal benefices.

There are 15 Deaneries or areas within the diocese. Many deaneries mirror local district boundaries. Each deanery has its own Deanery Synod with membership of all clergy licensed to parishes in the deanery, plus elected lay members from each parish.

The deanery is overseen by at least one Area Dean (ordained) and one Lay Chair, who hold the post for a fixed term.

Our Deaneries


Area Dean: Caroline Mansley
Lay Chair: Phil Sibbald
Assistant Lay Chair: Robert Sharp


Area Dean: Mark Griffin
Assistant Area Dean: Phil Greig
Lay Chair: Janet Bentley
Lay Chair: Liz Morrison


Area Dean: Revd Andy Bawtree
Lay Chair: Malcolm Gavin

East Bridge

Area Dean: Stefan Thomas
Lay Chair: Steve Sheath
Assistant Lay Chair: John Andrews


Area Dean: Jane Weeks
Lay Chair: David Donald


Area Dean: Chris Lavender
Lay Chair: Diane Enfield

North Downs

Area Dean: John Corbyn
Lay Chair: Bruce Rylands


Area Dean: Steve Lillicrap
Lay Chair: Miranda Ford


Area Dean: Carol Smith
Lay Chair: Amanda Boucherat

Romney & Tenterden

Area Dean: Alexander Bienfait
Assistant Area Dean: Chris Hodgkins
Lay Chair: Ian Bentley


Area Dean: Chris Spencer
Lay Chair: Don Martin
Assistant Lay Chair: Trevor Longman


Area Dean: Mike Resch
Lay Chair: Phil Bromwich


Area Deans: Richard Braddy & Clifford Stocking
Lay Chair: Carole Bean


Area Dean: Rodney Dreyer
Lay Chair: Graham Codling

West Bridge

Area Dean: Ravi Holy
Lay Chair: Caroline Spencer


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