Keith Sinclair (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Keith Sinclair
Bishop of Birkenhead
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Chester
Installed 2007
Predecessor Rt Revd David Urquhart
Ordination 1984
Consecration 8 March 2007[2]
Personal details
Born (1952-12-03) 3 December 1952 (age 61)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Rosie[1]
Children 3 children[1]
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Gordon Keith Sinclair (known as Keith;[3] born 3 December 1952) is the current Bishop of Birkenhead.[1]

He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[4] After a period of study at Cranmer Hall he was ordained in 1984.[5] His career began with a curacy at Christ Church, Summerfield in Birmingham,[6] after which he was Vicar of Aston[7] and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate)[8] Vicar of Holy Trinity, Coventry.

He is on the Governing Council of the True Freedom Trust,[9] which encourages gay men and lesbians not to have gay or lesbian relationships,[10] believing that God allows people to have gay feelings because "we are living in a fallen world".[11]

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.[12] However, he did not agree with the others and wrote a dissenting statement and an appendix, which constitute a quarter of the published report.[12][13]

A keen walker,[14] Bishop Keith is married to Rosie with three children.[1] His brother is the actor Malcolm Sinclair.[15]


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


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