John Irvine (priest)

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John Dudley Irvine (born 2 January 1949)[1] was the Dean of Coventry.

Career and ministry[edit]

Irvine was a barrister in London before his ordination to the priesthood. He served a curacy at Holy Trinity Brompton and was one of the founders of the Alpha course.[2] Having taken charge of the Alpha course, he played a major part in transforming it from its original four-week form to its current 10-week form.

Dean of Coventry[edit]

Irvine was appointed Dean of Coventry in March 2001.[2] He retired on 29 July 2012.[3][4] He took up the position of Associate Vicar at Holy Trinity, Cambridge in September 2012.



  1. ^ Who's Who 2012 – IRVINE, John Dudley
  2. ^ a b "New dean for Coventry Cathedral speaks of "Alpha"". Anglican Communion Office. 11 April 2001. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Church Times gazette". Church Times. 18 November 2011. p. 32. #7757. 
  4. ^ Cross of Nails – Dean of Coventry to move on
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Petty
Dean of Coventry
Succeeded by
John Witcombe