Keith Jones (priest)

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The Very Revd
Keith Jones
MA (Cantab)
Dean of York
Church York Minster
In office 2004 to 2012
Predecessor Raymond Furnell
Other posts Dean of Exeter (1996 to 2004)
Ordination 1969 (deacon); 1970 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1944-06-27) 27 June 1944 (age 72)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Viola Mary Jenkyns
Children 3 daughters
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge

Keith Brynmor Jones (born 27 June 1944) is a retired Church of England priest. He was the Dean of Exeter from 1996 to 2004, and the Dean of York from 2004 until his retirement in 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Jones was born on 27 June 1944 in Shrewsbury, England.[1] He received his secondary education at Ludlow Grammar School in Shropshire. At the age of 18, he went to Selwyn College, Cambridge to study English literature. He trained for the priesthood at Cuddesdon College, Oxford.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Jones was ordained at Southwark Cathedral and served a curacy in the parish of Limpsfield with Titsey, Surrey. He served his first cathedral position as Priest-Vicar at St Albans Cathedral and was appointed the Rural Dean of Ipswich in 1992. He was an Honorary Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral between 1993 and 1995.[1]

He was appointed Dean of Exeter in 1996.[2] He was installed as Dean of York in June 2004.[3] He retired from full-time ministry on 30 April 2012.[4] In 2013, he was granted permission to officiate in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.[5]

Other appointments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Jones is married to Viola, a lecturer in Christianity and art, with whom he has three daughters: Sophie, Olivia and Isabel.[1]


  • Mr Keith Jones (1944–1969)
  • The Revd Keith Jones (1969–1993)
  • The Revd Canon Keith Jones (1993–1995)
  • The Very Revd Keith Jones (1996–present)


  1. ^ a b c Who's Who 2012 – JONES, Keith Brynmor
  2. ^ Installation of the new Dean of York (2004), York Minster, York, UK, viewed 2 May 2008,
  3. ^ "New Dean of York named". BBC News. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Church Times #7750, 30 September 2011
  5. ^ "K B Jones". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 November 2015.  (subscription required)