New Director for Portsmouth Pathway

8th April 2020

The Rev Dr Richard Wyld, who is currently chaplain to the Bishop of Portsmouth, has been announced as the new Director of the Portsmouth Pathway Cuddesdon.

Richard has been serving as acting director of the Pathway alongside his work as Bishop’s Chaplain, since his predecessor, the Rev Dr James Grenfell, left the role. Alongside his new position, Richard will also be responsible for the continued training of curates in the three years after their ordination as clergy.

Bishop Humphrey Southern, Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, said: “We are delighted to announce Richard’s appointment. He brings to the role unrivalled knowledge of the Diocese and its needs, to match his skills and experience as a teacher and educator.

“Recently and currently, Richard has been serving as acting director of the Pathway and we look forward to the continuing development of the Pathway in the training of ordinands and Readers from the Diocese and surrounding area over the coming years. Alongside leading the Pathway, and as a complementary role, Richard will be responsible for continuing curate training within the diocese, as IME 4-7 officer.”

The Director is supported by a range of academic tutors drawn from the Diocese of Portsmouth and beyond and by fellow members of the Cuddesdon academic staff. The Tuesday evening sessions at St Luke’s Church, Southsea, include a shared meal, worship led by the students, and more formal learning. There are also residential weekends at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, for both ordinands and Readers-in-training. In addition, ordinands have one residential week at Cuddesdon per year. The periods of residential study enable periods of more intensive study and enable students to learn alongside those from other dioceses who are also preparing for public ministry. The three-year course leads either to a Higher Education Certificate or Diploma both of which are accredited by Durham University.