David Chillingworth

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David Chillingworth
Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane,
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
In office 13 June 2009 - present
Predecessor Idris Jones
Ordination 1976
Personal details
Birth name David Chillingworth
Born 1951
Dublin, Ireland
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Alison
Children Anna
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Oriel College, Oxford

David Chillingworth is one of the seven diocesan bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church,[1] a member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury as primus inter pares ("first among equals"). He was ordained as bishop of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane in St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth on 5 March 2005.

On 13 June 2009, Chillingworth was elected the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church by the bishops of the church.[2]

Although it is not uncommon for the Scottish Episcopal Church to elect bishops from outside the boundaries of Scotland, the choice of Chillingworth was unusual in that he was elected from the Church of Ireland.[3] Chillingworth had never previously worked in Scotland and had lived most of his life in Northern Ireland. He was born in Dublin and studied classics at Trinity College, Dublin, theology at Oriel College, Oxford, and trained for the ordained ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon which is close to Oxford.[4]

Chillingworth was ordained in Belfast in 1976.[5] His parish ministry was consistently focussed on issues of conflict and reconciliation, particularly in relation to sectarianism. He also served as the Church of Ireland Youth Officer from 1979 to 1983. Before moving to Scotland in 2005 he was the rector for 19 years of Seagoe Parish Church in Portadown and Archdeacon of Dromore and from 1995 to 2002 the Dean of Dromore.


Religious titles
Preceded by
Michael Harry George Henley
Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
since 2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idris Jones
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
since 2009
Succeeded by