Graham Kings

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Graham Kings
Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion
Bishop Graham Kings.jpg
In office15 July 2015–present
Other postsBishop of Sherborne (Diocese of Salisbury, 2009–2015; area bishop until 2009)
Consecration24 June 2009[2]
Personal details
Born (1953-10-10) 10 October 1953 (age 65)
Children3 adult daughters:[1] Ros, Miriam & Katie[3]
ProfessionBishop, lecturer
Alma materHertford College, Oxford

Graham Kings (born 10 October 1953) is a British Church of England bishop. On 17 September 2017 he was installed as priest-in-charge of St Matthew's at the Elephant, London. From 15 July 2015, he was the Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion.[4] He was previously consecrated as the Anglican Bishop of Sherborne on 24 June 2009 at a service in Westminster Abbey;[5] he had been the final area bishop under the 1981–2009 area scheme.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Kings was born in Barkingside, Essex, on the eastern outskirts of London. He is one of two children. He was educated at Buckhurst Hill County High School, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Hertford College, Oxford, Ridley Hall Theological College, Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Utrecht University. He trained for the priesthood at Ridley Hall in Cambridge.


Between school and Oxford, Kings was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards on a short service limited commission (gap year). Between Oxford and Cambridge, he was a caretaker at All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London (1977–78). His first post was served as a curate in Harlesden following which he then spent seven years as a Church Mission Society mission partner as Director of Studies and then as Vice-Principal of St Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya. He was appointed an honorary canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Kerugoya, Kenya, in 1991.

On his return to Britain, in 1992 Kings became the first Lecturer in Mission Studies at the Cambridge Theological Federation and then founded and directed the Henry Martyn Centre for the Study of Mission and World Christianity at Westminster College in the federation (renamed the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in 2014) and was an affiliated lecturer in the faculty of divinity of the university. In 2000, Kings became vicar of St Mary's Islington.[7] Kings was consecrated a bishop on 24 June 2009[2] and installed as the Bishop of Sherborne.

Kings moved to be the “Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion” following his resignation from Sherborne on 15 July 2015,[8] an innovative post which has been created by the partnership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Church Mission Society and Durham University. He is based in London with frequent visits to Durham. He will travel throughout the Anglican Communion convening seminars for theologians, especially in Africa and Asia and Latin America. Details of Kings role in the new post are on The Living Church [1].

Kings co-founded Fulcrum, an evangelical Anglican think tank, in 2003 and is its theological secretary .[9] He has written articles for The Guardian and The Times.

Personal life[edit]

Kings married Alison Audrey Britton in 1977 and they have three daughters. Alison Kings is a psychotherapist.


He has published three books:

  • Offerings from Kenya to Anglicanism (2001), Grove Books (with Geoff Morgan)
  • "Christianity Connected" (2002), PhD thesis at the University of Utrecht
  • Signs and Seasons (2008), Canterbury Press


  • The Reverend Graham Kings (1980–1991)
  • The Reverend Canon Graham Kings (1991–2002)
  • The Reverend Canon Doctor Graham Kings (2002–2009)
  • The Right Reverend Doctor Graham Kings (2009–present)


  1. ^ a b c Number 10 — Suffragan See of Sherborne
  2. ^ a b Peter Owen — Vacant Suffragan Sees
  3. ^ Salisbury Diocese — New Bishop of Sherborne is announced
  4. ^ Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion
  5. ^ "Consecration of the Bishop of Sherborne". Westminster Abbey. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Salisbury Diocesan Synod minutes – 99th session" (PDF). Diocese of Salisbury. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  7. ^ St Mary's Islington
  8. ^ Twitter — Graham Kings (Accessed 3 July 2015)
  9. ^ Fulcrum Leadership Team

External links[edit]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Tim Thornton
Bishop of Sherborne
2009–15 July 2015
Succeeded by
Karen Gorham