The Dean made this announcement to the Cathedral congregation on the morning of Sunday May 2nd:
We would like to congratulate the Reverend Canon Dr David Stone, our Precentor and Sub-Dean, on his appointment as Chaplain to Brighton College. This significant role will enable David to contribute to the pastoral care and Christian formation of young people at a critical time of their lives. Brighton College is a leading public school near the centre of Brighton where many well-known figures have received their education, including Chloé Zhao, who recently won an Oscar for directing Nomadland, the first woman of colour to win this award.
David has served here in the Cathedral as Precentor since 2010, and as Sub-Dean since 2014. I am immensely grateful for his care and professionalism, for leading our technical innovations, and for his huge support to me as I arrived and throughout my ministry as Dean. We, along with the Diocese and the City, have been very well served by him and we will miss him as he moves on. I am convinced of the sense of God’s calling upon David as he takes up this new challenge, which will draw together many of his experiences in ministry, not least his immersion in the ministry of reconciliation here in Coventry, which we know will inform and shape this next post.
Bishop Christopher says: “I am hugely grateful to David for his great contribution to the life of Cathedral, Diocese and City. He has worked on some big events, pulling them off with great skill and imagination, and has helped the Cathedral and, thereby, the Diocese, to navigate its way through momentous liturgical challenges in recent years. I shall miss his wisdom, call and kindness and my prayers of thanksgiving go with him into his new role.”
The Head Master of Brighton College, Richard Cairns, says: “We are delighted to be welcoming David in September as the new Chaplain to the Brighton College community. We were thrilled to be able to appoint someone whose kindness, creativity and openness shone clearly when we met him. It would be fantastic if his arrival here on the south coast also were to enable us to forge strong links with the reconciliation work of Coventry Cathedral, a work that resonates very strongly with our own ethos and school values. We look forward very much to welcoming David to Brighton College.”
David says: “Leaving Coventry will be a very big change and there is much that I will miss enormously, especially the really fulfilling sense of partnership within the Cathedral community and staff team. Thank you to all who have been companions on the journey over these last eleven years. I am very much looking forward to this new role, not least for the opportunities it will give me to take what Coventry stands for into the life of the community at Brighton College.”
David will be leaving his role in the Cathedral in July, with his last Sunday on July 18th, and will begin his new role at the end of August. The family home will remain in Coventry for the time being as Buff continues in her role as Vicar of St Catherine’s, Stoke Aldermoor, and Area Dean of Coventry East. We wish David Godspeed, and pray for him and the family, and for his new role.