The Rev'd Toby Wright

Team Rector & Area Dean

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I have been here in Witney as Team Rector since 2009. I am passionate about mission, hospitality, discipleship and liturgy which enriches and changes lives. I serve as chair of  governors of one of the church schools in the parish and as a trustee on a number of local bodies/charities. More widely I am the Area Dean of Witney and a Trustee of the Sisters at Wantage where a £4m renewal project is being launched.

Since coming to Witney I have enjoyed working with Leading Your Church into Growth, Cursillo and the Diocesan Developing Servant Leadership course. I attended a CBT Mindfulness course in Oxford and am committed to the practice of contemplative prayer.  I am on the national Learning Community training programme and enjoy the opportunities this gives to grow.

Previously in Oxford I served on Bishop’s Council; the Board of Mission; Diocesan Synod and as a Diocesan Missioner.  Before coming to Witney, I was Parish Priest of Saint John Chrysostom with Saint Andrew in Peckham, South London and Area Dean of Camberwell, also serving on the Southwark Board of Mission; on the national Board of Affirming Catholicism and as Chair of Fresh Expressions Round table 5. Previously, I read theology at New College, Oxford and worked as a researcher for the Westminster Ethical Policy Forum; as a pastoral assistant at a school on the Peabody Estate in London and then as Administrator to the Headteacher before undertaking priestly formation at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. I served my curacy in Petersfield, the northern edge of Portsmouth diocese. 

I am married to Sally, who is also ordained. We have two children Caspar and Felicity. My hobbies include spending time with the family, cooking and reading. Among my other interests are music, cycling, and following the England rugby squad from the sofa. And the odd fire walk!

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Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

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    The Oktoberfest: Saturday 14th Sep, 12noon
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For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Stuart Nimmo, on 01865 208290 or Sophie Harney on 01865 208295.