Minor Canons

The Minor Canons of Westminster Abbey are responsible for all worship and liturgy in the Abbey, in St Margaret's Church, and in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft within the Palace of Westminster. This includes the singing of daily choral evensong and the celebration of the eucharist, the provision of Sunday worship, as well as weddings, memorial services, and the very many special and annual services which the Abbey provides for the nation: for the church, the Royal Family, and very many national and international organisations.

The Reverend Christopher Stoltz, Minor Canon and Precentor

The Reverend Christopher Stoltz, Minor Canon and Precentor

The Revd Christopher Stoltz is Minor Canon and Precentor. He has been at Westminster Abbey since February 2014, when he began as Sacrist. As Precentor he is responsible to the Dean of Westminster for the daily worshipping life of the Abbey, and for designing and planning many of the special services which characterise its unique life.

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The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Chaplain

The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Chaplain

The Revd Mark Birch is responsible for planning and participating in services, in particular the pastoral offices – baptisms, weddings and funerals – and memorial services. He also supports the Canon Steward in responsibility for the pastoral care of the Abbey's staff, volunteers and worshippers.

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The Reverend Paul Arbuthnot, Minor Canon and Sacrist

The Reverend Paul Arbuthnot, Minor Canon and Sacrist

The Revd Paul Arbuthnot is Minor Canon and Sacrist. He has been at Westminster Abbey since September 2015. As Sacrist, he is responsible for the care of the vestments, sacred vessels, plate, banners, and furnishings of the Abbey. He also shares in the planning of both special and statutory services at the Abbey, St Margaret’s, and the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft with the other Minor Canons.

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