Keith Rayner

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Keith Rayner
Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne
Primate of Australia
Church Anglican
See Melbourne
In office 1990-1999
Ordination 1953
Consecration 1969
Personal details
Born (1929-11-22) 22 November 1929 (age 86)
Nationality Australian

Keith Rayner AO (born 22 November 1929) is a retired Australian Anglican bishop and a former Anglican Primate of Australia.

Education and ordained ministry[edit]

He was educated at the Church of England Grammar School, Brisbane, Queensland (now known as the Anglican Church Grammar School and popularly called "Churchie").[1] and the University of Queensland.[2] He was ordained priest in 1953.[3] His first post was as chaplain at St Francis' Theological College, Brisbane, followed by Queensland incumbencies in Sunnybank and Wynnum, during which time he completed his doctoral thesis on the history of Anglicanism within the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane.[4]

In 1969 Rayner became the Bishop of Wangaratta, Victoria.[5] In 1975 he was translated to the see of Adelaide, South Australia as its archbishop. During his time in Adelaide he was appointed to be an officer of the Order of Australia.[6]

From 1990 to 1999, he was Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia. He was widely appreciated for his "masterly presidential style"[7] and as a preacher.[8] He supported the ordination of women to the priesthood.


  1. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3. 
  2. ^ Who's Who 2007 London: AC Black, 2006 ISBN 978-0-7136-7527-6
  3. ^ Overview of Rayner’s career
  4. ^ Thesis abstract
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  6. ^ The Times, 16 June 1977, p. 10, "Court Circular".
  7. ^ Appreciation of leadership
  8. ^ Example of Sermon
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
John Grindrod
Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia
Succeeded by
Peter Carnley