New Dean for Christ Church Cathedral

25 August 2023NewsOur PeopleMedia Release

New era dawns as Christ Church Cathedral welcomes youngest-ever Dean

The Christ Church Cathedral has appointed its youngest-ever Dean – 37-year-old Reverend Canon Ben Truman, currently the Vicar of Opawa-St Martins (St Mark’s, Opawa).

Bishop Peter Carrell said that Rev’d. Truman’s appointment ushers in a new era of leadership, fresh perspectives, and a commitment to fostering a strong sense of family and community within the heart of Christchurch.

The role of Dean includes responsibilities for the worship and ministry of the Cathedral and leadership of its mission to the city of Christchurch. This is currently undertaken at the Transitional Cathedral.

“Ben brings to the role huge intelligence, a warm and approachable manner, and theological and pastoral insight into the ways of God in relation to humanity,” Bishop Peter said.

“He's already a proven leader in our diocese and for seven years has been a Canon of the Christ Church Cathedral Chapter, the governing body of the Cathedral.

“The Cathedral is focused on being available for all kinds of special and civic occasions, alongside diocesan events. Ben is very familiar with the values and aspirations of our Cathedral community.

“He also understands the importance of nurturing both the spiritual and familial bonds that unite the Christchurch community,” said Bishop Peter. 

One of the defining aspects of Ben’s appointment is his role as a devoted family man. Married to Johannah, Rev’d. Truman is also father to four-year old Edward, Toby (2) and one-year old Thomas. 

Commenting on his appointment Rev’d. Truman says he is delighted and humbled to be serving in this role at such an important time in the Cathedral’s history.

“The Cathedral is a place where all people can feel spiritually at home,” said Rev. Truman

“I am excited about re-establishing the Cathedral in the Square as central to the heart of the city and the Diocese. I want the Cathedral to be an inclusive space for everyone, a place of welcome and hospitality, irrespective of people’s faith or beliefs.

“We are more than halfway through the Cathedral’s rebuild. In four years’ time it will reopen its doors and continue to play its key part in our city’s identity.”

Christ Church Cathedral Dean Announcement