Keith Sinclair (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Keith Sinclair
Bishop of Birkenhead
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Chester
In office 2007–present
Predecessor David Urquhart
Ordination 1984 (deacon); 1985 (priest)
by Hugh Montefiore
Consecration 8 March 2007
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Born (1952-12-03) 3 December 1952 (age 64)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse (m. 1989)
Children three
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Cranmer Hall, Durham

Gordon Keith Sinclair (born 3 December 1952) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2007, he has served as the Bishop of Birkenhead, one of two suffragan bishops in the Church of England Diocese of Chester.

Early life and education[edit]

Sinclair was born on 3 December 1952 to Donald and Joyce Sinclair.[1] He studied at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition, his BA was later promoted to an Oxford Master of Arts (MA Oxon) degree.[1][2] He then worked as a solicitor.[3]

Sinclair entered Cranmer Hall, Durham, an Evangelical Anglican theological college, to train for the ministry.[2] During this time he studied theology and graduated with BA degree from Durham University in 1984.[1]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Sinclair was ordained in the Church of England: made a deacon at Petertide (1 July) 1984[4] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (30 June 1985) — both times by Hugh Montefiore, Bishop of Birmingham, at Birmingham Cathedral.[5] From 1984 to 1988, he served his curacy at Christ Church, Summerfield in the Diocese of Birmingham.[1][2] He was additionally a part-time chaplain at the Birmingham Children's Hospital.[3] Then, from 1988 to 2001, he was vicar of the Church of SS Peter & Paul, Aston.[1] He was also the area dean of Aston and an honorary canon of Birmingham Cathedral between 2000 and 2001.[2] He moved to the Diocese of Coventry, and served as vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry from 2001 to 2007.[2]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 8 March 2007, Sinclair was consecrated a bishop by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, during a service at York Minster.[6] Since then, he has served as the Bishop of Birkenhead, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester.[3]

Sinclair was one of the bishops selected to be a member of the Church of England working group on human sexuality which in 2013 produced the Pilling Report.[7] However, he did not agree with the majority of the group and wrote a dissenting statement and part of the appendix. His dissenting statement and the full appendix constitute a quarter of the published report.[7][8]


Sinclair is on the council of reference of the True Freedom Trust (and is opposed to same-sex-marriage),[9] which supports people who "choose to live by biblical principles" (as interpreted by the Trust),[10] believing that God "allows" people to have "gay feelings" because "we are living in a fallen world".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Sinclair has been married[12][13] since 1989[1] and they have three children.[12] He is a keen walker[14] and his brother is the actor Malcolm Sinclair.[15]


  • The Reverend Keith Sinclair (1984–2000; 2001–2007)
  • The Reverend Canon Keith Sinclair (2000–2001)
  • The Right Reverend Keith Sinclair (2007–present)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Sinclair, Gordon Keith. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Gordon Keith Sinclair". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 13 March 2017.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c "Who's Who: Bishop of Birkenhead — Rt Revd Keith Sinclair". Diocese of Chester. Chester Diocesan Board of Finance. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6334). 6 July 1984. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 29 July 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6386). 5 July 1985. p. 16. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 29 July 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "York Minster consecration service for new Bishop of Birkenhead". Liverpool Daily Post. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Report of the House of Bishops Working Group on Human Sexuality (PDF). Church House Publishing. 2013. 
  8. ^ "Latest News". Diocese of Shrewsbury website. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Governance". True Freedom Trust. 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Clarity and compassion in the church on issues of sexuality". True Freedom Trust. 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)". True Freedom Trust. 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Official notification of appointment
  13. ^ London Gazette Notice of Appointment
  14. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  15. ^ "Actor’s long association with playwright". Sheffield Telegraph. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Urquhart
Bishop of Birkenhead