Gregory Cameron

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The Right Reverend
Gregory Cameron
Bishop of St Asaph
Cameron at his consecration in 2009
Church Church in Wales
Diocese St Asaph
Elected 5 January 2009
Installed 25 April 2009
Ordination 1983 (deacon)
1984 (priest)
Consecration 4 April 2009
by Barry Morgan
Personal details
Birth name Gregory Kenneth Cameron
Born (1959-06-06) 6 June 1959 (age 58)
Spouse Clare
Children Three
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford
Downing College, Cambridge

Gregory Kenneth Cameron (born 6 June 1959) is a Welsh Anglican bishop. He is Bishop of the Diocese of St Asaph in Wales, having been elected on 5 January 2009 and confirmed as bishop on 16 March 2009.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Cameron was born in south east Wales in 1959 and grew up in Llangybi, Monmouthshire. He was educated at Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran and Lincoln College, Oxford, where he studied law. He was then accepted for ordination by the Church in Wales and studied theology at Downing College, Cambridge, where his tutors included Rowan Williams, and at St. Michael's College, Llandaff.[2] He was ordained priest in 1984.[3]

He served as a parish priest in Newport and Llanmartin, later becoming Chaplain at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire.[4] In 2000, he was appointed Chaplain to the Archbishop of Wales, Rowan Williams.[2]

Cameron was appointed as Director of Ecumenical Affairs by the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion in 2003, becoming Deputy Secretary General in 2004. He was secretary to the Lambeth Commission that wrote the Windsor Report. In this role, he was described by The Times as "the top canon lawyer who helps run the headquarters of the worldwide Anglican Communion",[5] and it was also said of him that "although his name is not widely known outside the church, he is arguably the most influential clergyman behind the scenes within it".[5] His work for reconciliation in the Anglican Communion led to the award of an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by the Episcopal Divinity School, Massachusetts. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in Canon Law at Cardiff University.[2] He was awarded the Cross of St Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 27 March 2009.

The bishops of the Church in Wales at Gregory Cameron's consecration

On 5 January 2009, he was elected as the 76th Bishop of St Asaph in succession to John Davies, who retired in 2008.[3] He was consecrated on 4 April 2009 in Llandaff Cathedral by the Archbishop of Wales, assisted by the other four Welsh diocesan bishops, together with the Archbishops of Canterbury and Armagh, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and 24 other co-consecrators. On 25 April 2009 he was enthroned in his cathedral at St Asaph.

In 2015, he succeeded Geoffrey Rowell as Anglican Co-Chair of the Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission.

Heraldry and numismatics[edit]

Cameron has longstanding interests in heraldry and in coin collecting. In 2016, a design by him was selected by the Royal Mint for the last round one pound coin;[6] and in the same year he was commissioned to design the first Christmas twenty pound coin.[7] Both coins are commemorative issues, and not intended for general circulation. More recently (February 2017), his design of the Royal Arms for the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee appeared on one of the commemorative coins for that event issued by the Royal Mint.

Personal life[edit]

Cameron is married to Clare and has three sons, Ben, William and Edward. William goes to The King's School, Chester and Edward attends St David's College, Llandudno.


  1. ^ ST ASAPH, Bishop of (Rt Rev. Gregory Kenneth Cameron), Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  2. ^ a b c "New Bishop of St Asaph elected". Church in Wales. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b "New Bishop of St Asaph is chosen". BBC. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory On-line, accessed Saturday 10 January 2009 13:11 GMT
  5. ^ a b Gledhill, Ruth (2008-07-02). "Senior Anglican warns Church over its 'dark-side'". The Times. London. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  6. ^ Powell, Anna (16 May 2016). "Behind the design: the last 'round pound'". The Royal Mint blog. The Royal Mint. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Drake, Gavin (19 October 2016). "Britain's Royal Mint turns to bishop for Christmas coin design". Anglican Communion News Service. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
John Davies
Bishop of St Asaph