Information and biographies of the clergy of Southwark Cathedral
The Revd Canon Michael Rawson | Interim Dean
Michael joined the team as Sub Dean and Pastor at Southwark in December 2014. He has responsibility for pastoral care, oversight of volunteers particularly the Day Chaplains, ministry to children and young people, and stewardship. In July 2023 he took up the position of Interim Dean following the retirement of Andrew Nunn as Dean of Southwark.
Michael was born in Yorkshire and spent most of his ministry in the Diocese of Wakefield (prior to the formation of the Diocese of Leeds) as a parish priest, Bishop’s Chaplain and latterly as Sub Dean and Pastor at Wakefield Cathedral.
In his leisure time, Michael enjoys travel, food, theatre and the arts.
020 7367 6706
The Revd Dr Thomas Sharp | Succentor and Minister-in-Charge St Hugh's Bermondsey
After studying Law, and then working as a pastoral assistant at St Christopher’s Walworth, Thomas trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham. He served his curacy at Holy Nativity, Chapel House, in the Diocese of Newcastle, and then at Newcastle Cathedral. During his curacy, Thomas continued his doctoral research at the Centre for Catholic Studies in the University of Durham, writing his thesis on the Holy Spirit in Karl Rahner's theology of death and sickness.
Thomas is also co-ordinator of the Young Anglican Theology Project, which aims to give young people a greater theological voice in the life of the Anglican Communion. Thomas is a Third Order Franciscan and member of the Society of Catholic Priests. He is a keen musician, and loves cooking for lots of people and making regular visits to Terry Pratchett's Discworld.
020 7367 6721
The Revd Jeremy Clark-King | Canon Treasurer
The Revd Jeremy Clark-King became Director for Clergy Formation and Initial Ministerial Education (IME) in the Diocese of Southwark and a Residential Canonry at Southwark Cathedral in September 2022.
His role brings together vocations, and the training of curates, with the Director of Ordinands role, which Jeremy also covers.
020 7939 9458
The Revd Canon Jay Colwill | Canon Missioner, Interim Cathedral Safeguarding Lead
The Revd Canon Jay Colwill is Canon Missioner at the Cathedral, and is also Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark.
Born in Wokingham Berkshire, Jay’s missionary experience began on Southampton docks, whilst working for the Missions to Seafarers. He went on to read Politics and Social Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Spending much of his time cooking at Greens Vegetarian Restaurant, he greatly enjoyed his time in South Manchester! He went on to study Theology at Nottingham University where he received his B.A. and Mth. In 1994, he served his title in an ‘urban priority area' parish in Reading, moving down the M4 to Bracknell to work a further 6 years in a large parish whilst taking responsibility for the local ecumenical partnership with the Methodists, located in a school. After nearly ten years in the Oxford Diocese, in 2003, he moved to Christ Church Orpington, where he also served as Area Dean to Orpington Deanery, and Assistant Missioner in Rochester Diocese.
Jay’s diocesan responsibilities mean that he travels widely across the diocese to support parishes and deaneries in mission. However, he is working with the Dean and chapter to ensure that the cathedral parish reaches out to its many visitors and incoming residents. When he is not enthusing upon the subject of mission, he relaxes by cooking, cycling and travelling (particularly to France).
020 7939 9417 | 020 7367 6731
The Revd Canon Wendy Robins | Canon Chancellor
Wendy Robins has been Canon Chancellor since December 2020 and is also the Director of Discipleship, Lay Ministry and Continuing Minister Education for the Diocese of Southwark.
Prior to becoming Canon Chancellor, Wendy had worked for many years as the Director of Press and Communications for the Diocese of Southwark and the Bishop of Southwark’s Press Officer. She was also Assistant Priest at Southwark Cathedral. Wendy is a Self Supporting Minister.
Wendy was born and brought up in London and has lived in North London for most of her life save for when she was at university in Lancaster and subsequently worked as a residential social worker in the NW. Prior to working in the Diocese of Southwark she worked for the Bible Society and USPG specialising in Adult Education publishing and training.
She trained for Ordination on the East Anglian Ministerial Training Course and was ordained deacon in 1993 and priested in 1994. She served her title in the Diocese of Chelmsford.
When not at work Wendy enjoys reading of all kinds, especially crime fiction. She also likes to cook and spending time with family and friends especially if that is over a meal and a nice glass of wine.
020 7939 9449