David Chillingworth

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The Most Reverend
David Chillingworth
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
In office 13 June 2009 - present
Predecessor Idris Jones
Ordination 1976
Consecration 5 March 2005
Personal details
Birth name David Chillingworth
Born (1951-06-23) 23 June 1951 (age 65)
Dublin, Ireland
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Alison
Children Anna
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Oriel College, Oxford
Ripon College Cuddesdon

David Chillingworth (born 23 June 1951) is an Anglican bishop. He has been Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane since 2005 and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church since 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Chillingworth was born in Dublin in 1951 but grew up in Northern Ireland.[1] He studied classics at Trinity College, Dublin, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1973. He then studied theology at Oriel College, Oxford, and graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA degree in 1975. That year, he entered Ripon College Cuddesdon, an Anglican theological college, to undertake one year of training for ordained ministry.[2][3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Chillingworth was ordained in the Church of Ireland as a deacon in 1976 and as a priest in 1977.[3] His parish ministry was consistently focused on issues of conflict and reconciliation, particularly in relation to sectarianism. He also served as the Church of Ireland Youth Officer from 1979 to 1983.[1] Before moving to Scotland in 2005 he was the rector for 19 years of Seagoe Parish Church in Portadown and Archdeacon of Dromore and from 1995 to 2002 the Dean of Dromore.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 5 March 2005, Chillinworth was consecrated as a bishop at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth.[1] He then became the bishop of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, making him one of the seven diocesan bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church.[4]

On 13 June 2009, Chillingworth was elected the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church by the other bishops.[5] Although it is not uncommon for the Scottish Episcopal Church to elect bishops from outside the boundaries of Scotland, the choice of Chillingworth was unusual in that he was elected from the Church of Ireland.[6] He had never previously worked in Scotland and had lived most of his life in Northern Ireland.

Personal life[edit]

Chillingworth is married to Alison. Together, they have three children: Anna, Simon, and Mark.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "The Bishop". About the Diocese. The Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ a b "David Robert Chillingworth". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 31 December 2015.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ Anglican Communion website.
  5. ^ Scottish Episcopal Church website.
  6. ^ Election details
Religious titles
Preceded by
Michael Harry George Henley
Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
2005 to present
Preceded by
Idris Jones
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
2009 to present