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Dianna Gwilliams

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Dianna Lynn Gwilliams DL (born 1957) is the current Dean of Guildford.[1]


Gwilliams was born in Colorado[2][3] and grew up in California.[4]

She was educated at the University of California (BA Physics & Chemistry, 1978) and King's College London (MA, 2001) in Youth Ministry and Theological Education.[5] In 1978, she travelled to the UK while she was on tour (as a sound engineer) for a musical called The Witness.[6] She was a sound engineer for 12 years.[2]


Gwilliams was ordained deacon in 1992 and priest in 1994.[7] After serving curacies at St Saviour, Peckham (Copleston Centre Church)[8] and St Barnabas, Dulwich she became Vicar of Saint Barnabas, Dulwich and Foundation Chaplain of Alleyn's College in 1999.[9]

She was appointed Dean of Guildford in 2013[10] and instituted at Guildford Cathedral on 15 September 2013.[11] She was the first female Dean of Guildford and is one of the most senior female priests in the Church of England (alongside five other female Deans).[2]

Personal life

She has three children (including a daughter who died in infancy), five grandchildren and her husband is a stonemason. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey.[12]


  1. ^ Chapel Studios. "Diocese of Guildford | Could 2014 be the year for Women Bishops?". Archived from the original on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  2. ^ a b c Quentin Vacheron Wed 1 May 2013 3:46 BST. "Dianna Gwilliams to be new Dean of Guildford Cathedral". Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  3. ^ Surrey Life
  4. ^ Administrator (2016-04-20). "Dianna Gwilliams - Chair". Inclusive Church. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  5. ^ "Dianna Gwilliams to be new Dean of Guildford - Women and the Church". Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  6. ^ Newbold, Words Victoria Lazarevic | Photos Andy. "Guildford Cathedral's Dianna Gwilliams, one of Britain's only female deans". Surrey. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  7. ^ "Dianna Lynn Gwilliams". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  8. ^ A church near you
  9. ^ Parish web-site
  10. ^ "Appointment: Dean of Guildford". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  11. ^ Diocese of Guildford – New Dean of Guildford announced Archived 2013-08-14 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Deputy Lieutenants
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