John Hall (priest)
|The Very Reverend
BA DD Hon. D. Theol FRSA
|Alma mater||Durham University
Cuddesdon Theological College
|Born||13 March 1949|
|Title||Dean of Westminster|
|Ordination||1975 (deacon); 1976 (priest)|
|Post||Canon Emeritus, Blackburn Cathedral (2000–present)|
|Parents||Ronald John Hall and Katie Margaret Brock Walker|
Hall was educated at St Dunstan's College, Catford and St Chad's College, University of Durham (BA). Following two years as a teacher he studied for ordination at Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford.
From 1984 to 1992, Hall was vicar of St Peter's Streatham. He became Diocesan Director of Education in the Diocese of Blackburn in 1992 (and a canon residentiary of Blackburn Cathedral in 1994). From 1998 to 2006 he was General Secretary of the National Society for Promoting Religious Education and from 1998 to 2002 the General Secretary of the Church of England Board of Education, subsequently Chief Education Officer of the Church of England from 2002 to 2006. He also served as an honorary curate of St Alban's South Norwood from 2003 to 2006.
At various times Hall has been a governor of 10 schools and two universities, a member of two local authority education committees and of the General Teaching Council for England. He has written widely and debated publicly on educational matters and was instrumental in the production of the Dearing Report in 2001 and its follow-up, which led to a significant expansion in the number of Church of England secondary schools. As Dean of Westminster he chairs the governors of Westminster School and Westminster Abbey Choir School.
Hall was awarded by Roehampton University the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in July 2007 and installed as pro-chancellor of the university in March 2011. He also became an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University in November 2007 and received the honorary degree of Doctor of Theology from the University of Chester in March 2008. In February 2009, he became an honorary fellow of St Chad's College, Durham and, in May 2009, an honorary fellow of the College of Teachers.
Hall's appointment as Dean of Westminster was announced in November 2006 and he assumed office in December 2006. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. On 29 April 2011 he officiated at the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton.
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