John Simpson (priest)

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John Arthur Simpson OBE (born 7 June 1933) is a retired Anglican priest.[1]

Simpson was educated at Keble College, Oxford and ordained in 1959. After curacies in Leyton and Orpington he was a tutor at Oak Hill Theological College from 1962 to 1972. He was then Vicar of Ridge, Hertfordshire until 1981 when he began his long association with the Diocese of Canterbury. From 1981 to 1986 he was Archdeacon of Canterbury[2] and then, until 2000, the Dean of Canterbury.[3][4] He is now retired and lives in Folkestone. In December 2000 he was given an OBE for "services to the Church of England".


Preceded by
Bernard Clinton Pawley
Archdeacon of Canterbury
1981 –- 1986
Succeeded by
Michael Stanley Till
Preceded by
Victor A de Waal
Dean of Canterbury
1986 –- 2000
Succeeded by
Robert Willis