New Prebendary and two new Lay Canons

    People News
    9 March 2018

    The Bishop of Hereford has appointed a new Prebendary and two new Lay Canons – all three will become members of the College of Canons.

    The Revd. Mike Kneen, Team Rector, Leominster Priory, becomes a Prebendary, in succession to Prebendary Michael Cluett. Mike was ordained deacon in 1986 and has served all his ministry in our diocese –as curate at Bishop’s Castle, Team Vicar at Bridgnorth and at Leominster, first as team Vicar and then as Team Rector. Mike has served on diocesan committees and is a member of the Diocesan Board of Education.

    Dr Martin Elcock has served as churchwarden at All Saints, Claverley, since 2012. He has been in the choir there for over 45 years and has been a member of the PCC for 40 years. He is lay co-chair of Bridgnorth Deanery Synod and has been a member of General Synod since 2000.

    Martin was a GP in Wolverhampton and has worked in palliative care at a local hospice.

    He has been Chair and a trustee of a homelessness and social exclusion charity serving the East and West Midlands and West London.

    Mr Andrew Teale has served as headteacher at Pembridge CE Primary School 2003-10 and since 2010 as head teacher at St Paul’s CE Primary School, Tupsley. He has been a governor at Hereford Cathedral School since 2011 and is a governor for the three-school federation, Aylestone School, Withington Primary and Broadlands Primary School. He has been a member of the Diocesan Board of Education since 2015 and in 2017 became a Director of the Bishop Anthony Education Trust.

    Martin and Andrew will be collated and installed as lay canons at Evensong on Sunday 6 May at 3.30pm. all are welcome to attend.

    Mike will be collated and installed as a prebendary on Sunday 9 September at 3.30pm. All are welcome to attend.


    Prebendaries are senior clergy, appointed by the bishop in recognition of their ministry and giving a particular link with the cathedral. Some cathedrals call their Prebendaries ‘Honorary Canons’. Prebendary is the term used, originally, in ‘non-monastic’ cathedrals, such as Hereford – a ‘Prebend’ was a portion of land – often a farm, the income of which provided an income to support the Prebendary. The income for such posts has long since disappeared but the title remains as a rather lovely tradition!

    Lay Canons were instituted much more recently, as part of the revision of the cathedral’s constitution and Statutes in 2000. Each Lay Canon is appointed in recognition of their work and ministry within the diocese, and again, provides a special link between cathedral and diocese.

    Prebendaries and Lay Canons, together, make up the College of Canons. Their chief work is to:

    • pray for and support the work of the diocese and cathedral
    • attend the Annual College of Canons meetings
    • for Prebendaries – to preach once a year in the cathedral
    • to gather as a College to ‘elect’ a new diocesan bishop, when the name is announced by the Crown.