Christopher Lewis (priest)

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Christopher Andrew Lewis (born 4 February 1944) is a Church of England priest and academic. He was Dean of St Albans from 1994 to 2003 and Dean of Christ Church from 2003 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

The son of Admiral Sir Andrew Lewis KCB and his wife, Rachel Elizabeth (née Leatham), Lewis was educated at Marlborough College in Wiltshire, the University of Bristol (where he graduated BA in 1969), Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (graduating PhD in 1974) and Westcott House, Cambridge where he trained for the priesthood.[1]


Lewis served in the Royal Navy from 1961 to 1966. He was ordained deacon in 1973 and priest in 1974. He served as assistant curate of Barnard Castle (1973-76). From 1976 to 1979 he was both Director of the Oxford Institute for Church and Society and a tutor at Ripon College Cuddesdon. He was Senior Tutor at Ripon College Cuddesdon (1979–81) and (Vice Principal) 1981–82. He was also priest-in-charge of Aston Rowant with Crowell from 1978 to 1981. He was Vicar of Spalding from 1982 to 1987 when he was appointed a canon residentiary of Canterbury Cathedral. He was also Director of Ministerial Training for the Diocese of Canterbury from 1989 to 1994. He was Dean of St Albans Cathedral from 1994 to 2003 and for some time was Chairman of the Association of English Cathedrals.[1] In 2003 he was appointed Dean of Christ Church;[1] he retired on his 70th birthday, 4 February 2014.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1970, Lewis married Rhona Jane Martindale. They have two sons and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Lewis, Very Rev. Christopher Andrew PhD in Who's Who 2008 (A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007) online (subscription required), accessed 12 Aug 2008
  2. ^ Oxford Mail – Dean of Christ Church preparing to retire and start new life in Suffolk (Accessed 7 May 2104)