Graham Kings

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The Rt Revd
Graham Kings
PhD MA(Oxon) DipTh[1]
Bishop of Sherborne
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Salisbury
Installed 2009
Predecessor Tim Thornton
Other posts Area bishop of Sherborne (2009)
Ordination 1980[1]
Consecration 24 June 2009[2]
Personal details
Born (1953-10-10) 10 October 1953 (age 60)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Alison[1]
Children 3 adult daughters:[1] Ros, Miriam & Katie[3]
Profession formerly lecturer
Alma mater Hertford College, Oxford

Graham Kings (born 10 October 1953) was consecrated as the Anglican Bishop of Sherborne on 24 June 2009 at a service in Westminster Abbey;[4] he was the final area bishop under the 1981–2009 area scheme.[5]

Early life[edit]

Kings was born in Barkingside, Essex on the eastern outskirts of London. He is one of 2 children. He was educated at Buckhurst Hill County High School; Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Hertford College, Oxford; Ridley Hall Theological College and Selwyn College, Cambridge; and Utrecht University. He trained for the priesthood at Ridley Hall Cambridge.


Between school and Oxford, Kings was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards on a Short Service Limited Commission (gap year). Between Oxford and Cambridge, he was a caretaker at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London 1977-78. His title post was served as a Curate in Harlesden following which he then spent seven years as a CMS Mission Partner as Director of Studies and then as Vice-Principal of St Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya. He was appointed an honorary Canon to St Andrew’s Cathedral Kerugoya, Kenya 1991.

On his return to Britain, in 1992 Kings became the first Lecturer in Mission Studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation and then founded and directed the Henry Martyn Centre [6] for the Study of Mission and World Christianity at Westminster College in the Federation, and was an affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity of the University. In 2000, Kings became vicar of St Marys Islington.[7] Kings was consecrated a bishop on 24 June 2009[2] and installed as the Bishop of Sherborne.

Kings co-founded Fulcrum, an evangelical Anglican think tank, in 2003 and is its theological secretary .[8] He has commented on the creation of personal ordinariates for disaffected traditionalist Anglicans entering the Catholic Church.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Kings married Alison Audrey Britton in 1977 and they have three daughters. Alison Kings is a psychotherapist.


He has published three books:

1. Offerings from Kenya to Anglicanism (2001): Grove Books – with Geoff Morgan.

2. Christianity Connected (2002) – PhD thesis from the University of Utrecht: Zoetermeer Boekencentrem.

3. Signs and Seasons (2008): Cantebury Press.

4. Articles written for The Times, The Guardian and Fulcrum.

5. Also; Abdul Masih: Icon of Indian Indigeneity. Republished on Fulcrum (2011, with permission, from the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, April 1999, Vol 23 No 2.


  • Graham Kings Esq (1953–1980)
  • The Revd Graham Kings (1980–1991)
  • The Revd Canon Graham Kings (1991–2002)
  • The Revd Canon Dr Graham Kings (2002–2009)
  • The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings (2009—present)


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Tim Thornton
Bishop of Sherborne