Gregory Cameron

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For the American horse trainer, see Gregory Duncan Cameron.
Gregory Cameron at his consecration

Gregory Cameron is Bishop of the Diocese of St Asaph in Wales, having been elected on 5 January 2009[1] and confirmed as Bishop on 16 March 2009.

Life and career[edit]

Cameron was born in south east Wales in 1959 and grew up in Llangybi, Monmouthshire. He was educated at Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran and the University of Oxford, where he studied law. He was then accepted for ordination by the Church in Wales and studied theology at the University of Cambridge, where his tutors included Rowan Williams, and at St. Michael's College, Llandaff.[2] He was ordained priest in 1984.[3]

He is married to Clare and has three sons, one of whom, Ben, plays Music at Marlborough College.

He served as a parish priest in Newport and Llanmartin, later becoming Chaplain at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire.[4] In 2000, he was appointed Chaplain to the Archbishop of Wales, Rowan Williams.[2]

Cameron was appointed as Director of Ecumenical Affairs by the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion in 2003, becoming Deputy Secretary General in 2004. He was Secretary to the Lambeth Commission that wrote the Windsor Report. In this role, he was described by The Times as "the top canon lawyer who helps run the headquarters of the worldwide Anglican Communion",[5] and it was also said of him that "although his name is not widely known outside the church, he is arguably the most influential clergyman behind the scenes within it".[5] His work for reconciliation in the Anglican Communion led to the award of an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by the Episcopal Divinity School, Massachusetts. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in Canon Law at Cardiff University.[2] He was awarded the Cross of St Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 27 March 2009.

The bishops of the Church in Wales at Gregory Cameron's consecration

On 5 January 2009, he was elected as the 76th Bishop of St Asaph in succession to John Davies, who retired in 2008.[3] He was consecrated on 4 April 2009 in Llandaff Cathedral by the Archbishop of Wales, assisted by the other four Welsh diocesan bishops, together with the Archbishops of Canterbury and Armagh, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and 24 other co-consecrators. On 25 April 2009 he was enthroned in his cathedral at St Asaph.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily Telegraph Appointments in the clergy, p28Issue no 47,776 (dated Saturday 10 January 2009)
  2. ^ a b c "New Bishop of St Asaph elected". Church in Wales. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b "New Bishop of St Asaph is chosen". BBC. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory On-line, accessed Saturday 10 January 2009 13:11 GMT
  5. ^ a b Gledhill, Ruth (2008-07-02). "Senior Anglican warns Church over its 'dark-side'". The Times. London. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
John Stewart Davies
Bishop of St Asaph
2009–
Succeeded by
Current incumbent