John Drury (dean of Christ Church)

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John Drury
Dean of Christ Church
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Oxford
In office1991 to 2003
PredecessorEric Heaton
SuccessorChristopher Lewis
Other postsChaplain of All Souls College, Oxford (2003–present)
Personal details
Birth nameJohn Henry Drury
Born (1936-05-23) 23 May 1936 (age 82)

John Henry Drury (born 23 May 1936) is an Anglican priest and author. He has been the Chaplain of All Souls College, Oxford since 2003.

Early life and education[edit]

Drury was born on 23 May 1936.[1][2] He was educated at Bradfield and Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Drury was ordained in 1963. His first post was a curacy at St John's Wood.[3] Later he was Chaplain of Downing College, Cambridge then Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. From 1973 to 1979 he was a Residentiary Canon at Norwich Cathedral and after that Head of Religious Studies at Sussex University. From 1981 to 1991 he was Dean of King's College, Cambridge. That year he became Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, a post he held for 12 years.[4] He has been Chaplain of All Souls College, Oxford since 2003.[5]


He has been awarded a Doctor of Divinity (DD) Lambeth degree.[6]

Selected works[edit]

Drury is a noted author.[7]

  • Angels and Dirt, 1972
  • Luke, 1973
  • Tradition and Design in Luke's Gospel, 1976
  • The Pot and The Knife, 1979
  • The Parables in the Gospels, 1985
  • Critics of the Bible 1724–1873, 1989
  • The Burning Bush, 1990
  • Painting the Word, 1999
  • Music at Midnight: the Life and Poetry of George Herbert, 2013


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014. the Very Rev John Drury, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, 1991–2003, 77
  2. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1975-76 Lambeth, Church House,1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  4. ^ Number 10
  5. ^ "The Very Revd Dr John Drury". All Souls College. University of Oxford. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  6. ^ Lambeth Degree Archived 14 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ British Library web site, accessed 20:45 PDT Monday 20 May 2015.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Eric William Heaton
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
1991– 2003
Succeeded by
Christopher Andrew Lewis