Canon Ivor Moody is Vice Dean and Canon Pastor of Chelmsford Cathedral, and has held the post since 2010. His main responsibility at the cathedral is as parish priest to the congregations there. He is also Chair of a community voluntary organisation called Essex Mind and Spirit, which seeks to encourage positive dialogue and understanding between mental health issues and the voluntary and statutory agencies, and he is Chair of the Mid Essex Inter faith Forum, part of a national network seeking to build better relationships and understanding between faiths and cultures in communities across Britain. Recently he has also taken on the Chaplaincy to Essex County Council.
Ivor has served all his professional life in the County of Essex, working in the Diocese of Chelmsford. After studying for a theology degree at Kings College London and then training for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, he served two curacies, at St. Margaret’s Leytonstone and at St. Margaret’s Leigh on Sea. He then became vicar of St. John the Baptist Tilbury Docks, before moving to Chelmsford in 1996 to become Chaplain of Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford campus). Whilst there he was able to study for an MA in Pastoral Theology with the Cambridge Theological Federation, and he started and ran a student project called ‘Mission Croatia’, taking students and staff from the University in June each year to help restore and re-decorate hospitals and care homes for learning disabled children and young people.
In his spare time Ivor loves to play cricket and tennis, and has a fascination for building and flying model aeroplanes (ham fistedly!). He is married to Ruth and they have four grown up children.