John Drury (clergyman)

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The Very Reverend
John Drury
Dean of Christ Church
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
In office 1991 to 2003
Predecessor Eric Heaton
Successor Christopher Lewis
Other posts Chaplain of All Souls College, Oxford (2003–present)
Personal details
Birth name John Henry Drury
Born (1936-05-23) 23 May 1936 (age 81)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism

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.


Drury was born on 23 May 1936.[1][2] He was educated at Bradfield and Trinity Hall, Cambridge and 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] A noted author,[5] he has been Chaplain of All Souls College, Oxford since 2003.[citation needed]

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


  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. ^ Amongst others he wrote "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, and "Music at Midnight: the Life and Poetry of George Herbert." British Library web site accessed 20:45 PDT Monday 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ Lambeth Degree
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Eric William Heaton
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
1991– 2003
Succeeded by
Christopher Andrew Lewis