Robert Willis (priest)

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Robert Andrew Willis (born 17 May 1947) is an Anglican priest, theologian and music composer.[1] Willis was ordained as a priest in the Church of England. He was the Dean of Hereford before becoming the Dean of Canterbury in 2001.[2]

Willis is a graduate of Warwick University and Ripon College Cuddesdon. He is the present Chairman of the Deans' and Provosts' Conference of the Church of England and has been a member of the General Synod since 1996.[3]

Willis is an accomplished pianist and opera enthusiast as well as being a keen tennis player and traveller. He is the writer of several hymns. He is a passionate cat owner.


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Peter Haynes
Dean of Hereford
1992 – 2000
Succeeded by
Michael Edward Tavinor
Preceded by
John Arthur Simpson
Dean of Canterbury
2001 – present
Succeeded by