John Methuen

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John Alan Robert Methuen (14 August 1947 – 18 July 2010[1]) was an Anglican priest.

Early life[edit]

Methuen was born on 14 August 1947 and educated at Eton College, St John's School, Leatherhead and Brasenose College, Oxford.[2][3]

Religious career[edit]

He was ordained in 1972 and was a curate at Fenny Stratford, after which he was appointed chaplain of Eton College.[4] He was subsequently vicar of St Mark's Reading[5] then rector of The Ascension, Hulme.[6] While in Hulme he sheltered asylum seeker Viraj Mendis for over two years (December 1986 to January 1989).

His next appointment was as Dean of Ripon in 1995. A divisive figure, he was facing 21 charges of misconduct before a consistory court, but resigned in 2005 before the cases came to court.[7]

Later life[edit]

After Ripon, he retired to London where he lectured and attended seminars and tours. His funeral service was held at Saint Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, London.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Christopher Campling
Dean of Ripon
Succeeded by
Keith Jukes