Christopher Herbert

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Christopher Herbert
Bishop of St Albans
Diocese Diocese of St Albans
Term ended 1996 – 2009 (retired)
Predecessor John Taylor
Successor Alan Smith
Other posts Archdeacon of Dorking (1990–1995)
Ordination 1967
Consecration 17 November 1995[1]
Personal details
Born (1944-01-07) 7 January 1944 (age 73)
Lydney, Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Profession Teacher
Alma mater University of Wales, Lampeter

Christopher William Herbert (born 7 January 1944) is a British Anglican bishop. From 1996 to 2009, he was the Bishop of St Albans.

Early life[edit]

Herbert was born on 7 January 1944, in Lydney in the Forest of Dean. His father helped run the family road haulage business, but was also very proud of his roots as a foundryman in a local iron works.[2]

Herbert was educated at Monmouth School and went on to read Biblical Studies and Philosophy at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He studied for the ordained ministry at Wells Theological College, and also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Bristol.[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Herbert was ordained in 1967 and from 1967–71 was Assistant Curate at St Paul's, Tupsley, Hereford, and Assistant Master at the Bishop’s School in Tupsley. From 1971–76 he was Adviser in Religious Education, and from 1976–81 Director of Education, for the Diocese of Hereford. From 1981-1990 he was Vicar of St Thomas on the Bourne, near Farnham, Surrey. He was appointed Director of Post-Ordination Training and honorary canon of Guildford Cathedral before becoming Archdeacon of Dorking in 1990.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Herbert became Bishop of St Albans in 1995,[3] and was enthroned and installed at St Albans Cathedral on 20 January 1996.[1] During his tenure as a diocesan bishop, he served as chairman of The Council of Christians and Jews and was a member of a Lords' select committee that considered a private member's bill pertaining to euthanasia and assisted suicide.[2] During this time he was awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and his own PhD from the University of Leicester in 2008.[3]

Herbert retired from his post as Bishop of St Albans on 7 January 2009 — his 65th birthday.[4]


  • The new creation: a dramatic project for integrated studies (Religious Education Press, 1971) ISBN 0-08-016601-6
  • A place to dream - a new way of looking at churches and cathedrals, with John Hencher (Church Information Office, 1976) ISBN 0-7151-0352-0
  • St Paul’s: a place to dream - a new way of looking at St Paul’s Cathedral (Friends of St Paul's, 1982) ISBN 0-902566-01-6
  • The Edge of Wonder (anthology) (Church Information Office, 1981) ISBN 0-7151-4750-1
  • Listening to children: a fresh approach to religious education in the primary years, with Mary Ellison (Church Information Office, 1983) ISBN 0-7151-0412-8
  • On the Road (Beginnings) (Bible Society, 1984) ISBN 0-564-07053-X
  • Be Thou My Vision: Diary of Prayer (Collins, 1985) ISBN 0-00-599888-3
  • This Most Amazing Day (anthology) (Church House Publishing, 1986) ISBN 0-7151-0431-4
  • The Question of Jesus, with Colin Alves and Alan Dale (Church House Publishing, 1987) ISBN 0-7151-0434-9
  • Alive to God (Collins, 1987) ISBN 0-00-599998-7
  • Ways Into Prayer (Church House Publishing, 1987) ISBN 0-7151-0445-4
  • Help in Your Bereavement (Collins, 1988.) ISBN 0-00-599971-5
  • Prayers for Children (anthology) National Society, 1993) ISBN 0-7151-4816-8
  • Pocket Prayers (anthology) (Church House Publishing, 1993) ISBN 0-7151-4039-6
  • The Prayer Garden: an anthology of children's prayers (HarperCollins, 1994) ISBN 0-551-02812-2
  • Words of Comfort (anthology) (National Society/Church House Publishing, 1994) ISBN 0-7151-4941-5
  • A Little Prayer Diary (republication of Be Thou My Vision) (HarperCollins, 1996) ISBN 0-00-628019-6
  • Pocket Prayers for Children (anthology, illustrated by Christina Forde) (National Society/Church House Publishing, 1999) ISBN 0-7151-4911-3
  • English Easter Sepulchres: the history of an idea (PhD thesis, University of Leicester, 2007)
  • Pocket Prayers: the classic collection (anthology) (Church House Publishing, 2009) ISBN 0-7151-4193-7
  • Pocket Prayers for Commuters (anthology) (Church House Publishing, 2009) ISBN 0-7151-4194-5


  1. ^ a b St Albans diocese – The Bishops of St Albans
  2. ^ a b About Christopher Herbert
  3. ^ a b c HERBERT, Rt Rev. Christopher William, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011; accessed 14 Jan 2012
  4. ^ Bishop announces retirement, Herts Advertiser, January 23, 2008