John Lister (priest)

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The Very Reverend
John Lister
Provost of Wakefield
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Wakefield
In office 1972 to 1982
Predecessor Philip Pare
Successor John Allen
Other posts Archdeacon of Halifax (1961–1972)
Ordination 1939 (deacon)
1941 (priest)
Personal details
Birth name John Field Lister
Born (1916-01-19)19 January 1916
Died 23 August 2006(2006-08-23) (aged 90)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Education King's School, Worcester
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford
Cuddesdon College

John Field Lister (19 January 1916 – 23 August 2006) was an eminent Anglican priest in the latter part of the 20th century.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Lister was born on 19 January 1916.[2] He was educated at King's School, Worcester, an independent school in Worcester, Worcestershire.[3] He studied theology at Keble College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1938;[4][5] and proceeded MA in 1942.[4] In 1938, he entered Cuddesdon College, an Anglican theological college, to under a years training for ordained ministry.[4]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Lister was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1939 and as a priest in 1941.[6] He was initially a Curate at St Nicholas Radford.[7] After this he was Curate at St John the Baptist, Coventry [8] and then Vicar of Brighouse. He was Archdeacon of Halifax from 1961 to 1972,[9] when he became Provost of Wakefield – a post he held for a decade. He retired from full-time ministry in 1982.[4]

Later life[edit]

In retirement, from 1982 to 2003, Lister held Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Canterbury.[4] He died on 23 August 2006, aged 90.[3][5]


  1. ^ Telegraph Obituary
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ a b "LISTER, Very Rev. John Field". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "John Field Lister". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 13 November 2016.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b "7 December 2006". Oxford University Gazette. University of Oxford. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP 1940
  7. ^ Flickr
  8. ^ Church web site
  9. ^ Yorkshire Post Obituary
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Philip Pare
Provost of Wakefield
Succeeded by
John Allen