Keith Sinclair (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Keith Sinclair
MA(Oxon)[1] [2]
Bishop of Birkenhead [2]
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Chester
Installed 2007
Predecessor Rt Revd David Urquhart
Ordination 1984
Consecration 8 March 2007[3]
Personal details
Born (1952-12-03) 3 December 1952 (age 62)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Rosie[1]
Children 3 children[1]
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Gordon Keith Sinclair (known as Keith;[4] born 3 December 1952) is the current Bishop of Birkenhead. [2]

He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[5] After a period of study at Cranmer Hall he was ordained in 1984.[6] His career began with a curacy at Christ Church, Summerfield in Birmingham,[7] after which he was Vicar of Aston[8] and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate)[9] Vicar of Holy Trinity, Coventry.

He is on the Governing Council of the True Freedom Trust,[10] which encourages gay men and lesbians not to have gay or lesbian relationships,[11] believing that God allows people to have gay feelings because "we are living in a fallen world".[12]

He was one of the bishops selected to be a member of the Church of England working group on human sexuality which in 2013 produced the Pilling Report.[13] However, he did not agree with the others and wrote a dissenting statement and an appendix, which constitute a quarter of the published report.[13][14]

A keen walker,[15] Bishop Keith is married to Rosie with three children.[1] His brother is the actor Malcolm Sinclair.[16]


  • Keith Sinclair Esq (1952–1984)
  • The Revd Keith Sinclair (1984–2007)
  • The Rt Revd Keith Sinclair (2007—)


  1. ^ a b c d Official notification of appointment
  2. ^ a b c London Gazette Notice of Appointment
  3. ^ York Minster — Consecration of the Bishop of Birkenhead
  4. ^ Diocese of Chester — Who's Who
  5. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  7. ^ Church details
  8. ^ And at the end of his incumbency also Area Dean Crockfords (ibid)
  9. ^ Consecration details
  10. ^ "Governance". True Freedom Trust. 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Clarity and compassion in the church on issues of sexuality". True Freedom Trust. 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)". True Freedom Trust. 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality (PDF). Church House Publishing. 2013. 
  14. ^ "Latest News". Diocese of Shrewsbury website. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  16. ^ "Actor’s long association with playwright". Sheffield Telegraph. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Urquhart
Bishop of Birkenhead