Gavin Reid

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Gavin Reid

Bishop of Maidstone
DioceseDiocese of Canterbury
In office1992–2001
PredecessorDavid Smith
SuccessorGraham Cray
Other postsHonorary assistant bishop in St Edmundsbury & Ipswich (2008–present)
Consultant Missioner, CPAS (1990–1992)
Ordination1960 (deacon); 1961 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1934-05-24) 24 May 1934 (age 85)
ParentsArthur and Jean Guthrie
SpouseMary Smith (m. 1959)
ChildrenTwo sons, one daughter
Alma materLondon (Queen Mary and King's)

Gavin Hunter Reid OBE (born 24 May 1934) was the Bishop of Maidstone from 1992 until 2001.[1] Primary school : part educated at Blackheath and Kidbrooke C of E school . Reid was educated at John Roan School in Greenwich and King's College London. Ordained deacon in 1960 and priest in 1961,[2] after a curacy at St Paul’s East Ham[3] he served in a succession of administrative posts for the Church Pastoral Aid Society before his ordination to the episcopate. He is a prolific author and his works include The Gagging of God (1969), A New Happiness (1974), To Reach a Nation (1987), Our Place in his Story (1994) and To Canterbury with Love.[1] He was awarded the OBE in 1999[4] for his contribution to the Millennium celebrations. He retired[5] to Beccles in 2001 and is an assistant bishop in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Reid, Rt Rev. Gavin Hunter", Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011; online edn, Nov 2011 [1], accessed 9 July 2012
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  3. ^ Parish details
  4. ^ OBE award
  5. ^ Succession details Archived 2007-08-17 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Daily Telegraph, p. 30, 17 November 2008.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Smith
Bishop of Maidstone
Succeeded by
Graham Cray