National Register of Clergy

Welcome to our National Register of all Church of England Clergy who are authorised to carry out ministry within the Church of England.

You can search by name, location, diocese, or ministry (for example, vicar of X, chaplain at Y hospital).

You can use this register to verify if anyone who states that they are authorised or licensed to minister as clergy in the Church of England is in fact authorised to do so. If you are looking for licensed lay ministers or readers, please contact your local diocesan office for information about people in these roles.

For more information on the National Register of Clergy, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

The National Register of Clergy is updated daily.

If you are having trouble viewing all roles for a person then you may need to clear your browser cache. To do this using Windows select, Shift + CTRL + F5 and for macOS select, Shift + CMD + R. More information about how to clear your browser cache can be found here.

Please note: There are many reasons why someone might not be on the National Register of Clergy, for example, they could be taking a temporary break from ministry, are retired, or are between roles. If someone is not authorised, they will not appear on the National Register of Clergy and should not be carrying out any of the duties of a priest and may not take services or preside at the Eucharist.

If you believe there are any inaccuracies with the information shown in the National Register, please contact the associated diocesan office.


If you are worried about a child or adult, or that a person may be a risk to others, please contact your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) without delay.  If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, call the police and/or social services immediately. For more information about safeguarding, visit our dedicated Safeguarding area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National Register of Clergy?
Why is a National Register being introduced?
What information will be held on the National Register?
What are the benefits of the National Register?
How can the National Register be used?
When will the National Register be available to the public?
How often will the National Register be updated?
Where will the information be held?
Can active clergy opt-out of the National Register?
If someone is not authorised will they appear on the National Register?
Won’t people jump to wrong conclusions if someone is not shown?
What should I do if I have a safeguarding concern relating to someone on the register?
When was the legislation passed?
Why do we need regulations for all of this?
Will the National Register include lay ministers?
How was clergy informed of this National Register?
Why not use Crockford’s?
Will the National Register replace my local Diocese’s directory or contact management system?
Will the National Register include contact details or biographical information like those found in Crockford’s Clerical Directory?
Who has been involved in this project?


If you have a question about the National Register of Clergy, please use the webform below to get in touch.

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