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 61)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Alison[1]
Children 3 adult daughters:[1] Ros, Miriam & Katie[3]
Profession Bishop, 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] He has been appointed the Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion[6] and is due to begin in this position in July 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Kings was born in Barkingside, Essex, on the eastern outskirts of London. He is one of two children. He was educated at Buckhurst Hill County High School, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Hertford College, Oxford, Ridley Hall Theological College, Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Utrecht University. He trained for the priesthood at Ridley Hall in 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, in London (1977-78). His title[clarification needed] post was served as a curate in Harlesden following which he then spent seven years as a Church Mission Society mission partner as Director of Studies and then as Vice-Principal of St Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya. He was appointed an honorary canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Kerugoya, Kenya, in 1991.

On his return to Britain, in 1992 Kings became the first Lecturer in Mission Studies at the Cambridge Theological Federation and then founded and directed the Henry Martyn Centre for the Study of Mission and World Christianity at Westminster College in the federation (renamed the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in 2014) and was an affiliated lecturer in the faculty of divinity of the university. In 2000, Kings became vicar of St Mary's Islington.[7] Kings was consecrated a bishop on 24 June 2009[2] and installed as the Bishop of Sherborne.

Kings is moving[when?] to be the “Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion”, an innovative post which has been created by the partnership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Church Mission Society and Durham University. He will be based in London with frequent visits to Durham. He will travel throughout the Anglican Communion convening seminars for theologians, especially in Africa and Asia and Latin America.

Kings co-founded Fulcrum, an evangelical Anglican think tank, in 2003 and is its theological secretary .[8] He has written articles for 'The Guardian and The Times.

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:

  • Offerings from Kenya to Anglicanism (2001), Grove Books (with Geoff Morgan)
  • "Christianity Connected] (2002), PhD thesis at the University of Utrecht
  • Signs and Seasons (2008), Canterbury Press


  • 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