Carol Stone

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The Rev Carol Stone
Religion Christianity (Anglicanism)
Born Peter Stone
Died 27 December 2014 (aged 60)
Religious career
Ordination 1978 (deacon)
1979 (priest)
Post Chaplain

Carol Ann Stone (born 1954)[1] was a Church of England priest and was the first to transition from male to female.[2] She was ordained in 1978 as a male priest. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2000, and continued her ministry as a female priest.[3]

Religious life[edit]

Stone was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1978 and as priest in 1979.[3][4] She served her curacy in Bradford-on-Avon.[5] From 1983 to 1988, she served as chaplain and head of religious studies at Dauntsey's School, an independent school in West Lavington, Wiltshire.[1][2] From 1989 to 1994, she was vicar of St John the Evangelist's Church, Upper Studley. Then she once more served as a chaplain, this time at Cheltenham College.[1] In 1996, she was appointed vicar of St Philip's Church, Upper Stratton, Swindon.[3]

In June 2000, it was announced that she would be taking a short break from her parish work to undergo sex reassignment surgery.[4] She had the support of her bishop, the Rt Rev Barry Rogerson, who stated:[6]

In November 2000, she returned to St Philip's and parish ministry.[3] During her first Sunday service since returning, one woman shouted negative comments at her before being removed from the church by other church goers: a police officer had attended the service as a precautionary measure but did not have to become involved.[7] Stone was given a standing ovation at the end of the service by the remaining members of the congregation.[5] Four out of eighty members of the congregation left the church because of her transition; the rest 'agreed to welcome their priest back as a woman'.[4]

In 2006, she became a governor of Swindon College having completed a course in photography there.[8] In December 2006, she was appointed priest-in-charge of St Peter's Church, Penhill, Swindon, in addition to her role as vicar of St Philip's.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Stone had been twice married and divorced:[6] First to Margaret, from 1976 to 1983, and secondly to Jo-Anne, an American.[4] She had one child from her first marriage, a daughter, who was 18 at the time of her transition in 2000.[4][6]

Stone died on 27 December 2014 from pancreatic cancer.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Stone C A". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 23 May 2015.  (subscription required)[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "First serving sex-change vicar Carol Stone dies". BBC News. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sex change vicar returns to parish". BBC News. 28 November 2000. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Combe, Victoria (29 November 2000). "Sex-change vicar tells how her prayers have been answered". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Sex-change vicar back in pulpit". BBC News. 3 December 2000. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Vicar plans sex change". BBC News. 19 June 2000. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Cork, Tristan (31 December 2014). "Swindon vicar Carol Stone, first Church of England priest to undergo sex change, dies at 60". Western Daily Express. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Governors of Swindon College". Swindon College. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Home Page". St Philip's, Upper Stratton and St Peter's, Penhill Swindon. Retrieved 31 December 2014.