The Revd Oliver Coss was raised in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, singing and playing the organ in various churches around the town. In 2000, he crossed the Humber to read Internet Computing at Hull University's new Scarborough Campus, where he worshipped at St Martin-on-the-Hill, singing and playing under Alan Dance. An industrial year took him across the Pennines to Manchester in 2002, where he worked for Sun Microsystems and sang at St Ann's Church under the late, great Ronald Frost.
It was there that he began to discern a vocation to the sacred ministry. At the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, he undertook three years of music-making, the completion of Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theology, and some religious formation. From the West Riding to the East, Oliver was ordained deacon by Archbishop John Sentamu in 2007 to his title as Curate of St Mary the Virgin, Cottingham.
Completing his curacy in 2011, he was appointed as Vicar of All Saints, Small Heath, in the Diocese of Birmingham, dubbed by Bishop Charles Gore, the 'cathedral in a back street'. Here he served on the Diocesan Synod and Bishop's Council, took part in planning Diocesan conferences in 2013 and 2016, and the Diocesan Advisory Committee on the Care of Churches. An Officiating Chaplain to the Military, Oliver supported HMS Forward, the Royal Naval Reserve Unit in Birmingham, as well as supporting wider naval chaplaincy; and was County Chaplain to the Royal British Legion. In one of the Church of England's most diverse parishes, he took a keen interest in interfaith relations, serving on the Bishop of Birmingham's 'Presence and Engagement' Group, and worked to develop important relationships between faiths across the city. He also worked with West Midlands Police on its Independent Advisory Group for central Birmingham. He is now Rector of All Saints, Northampton, a parish with an enviable reputation for high-quality choral music.
Oliver is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross, and a Priest Associate of the Holy House at Walsingham. He has interests in the Catholic Revival in the Church of England, the potential for interfaith relationships as catalysts for integration and tolerance; in resourcing churches to transform their music and liturgy; and developing churches as places of worship. In September 2016, he will begin work as Rector of All Saints' Church, Northampton.
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