Keith Sutton (bishop)

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Keith Sutton
Bishop of Lichfield
Poppy Day parade, Cambridge 1966 05303.jpg
Sutton in a cooking pot
Diocese Diocese of Lichfield
Installed 1984
Term ended 2003 (retirement)
Predecessor Kenneth Skelton
Successor Jonathan Gledhill
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in
Truro and Exeter (2003–?)
Bishop of Kingston
Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge
Consecration c. 1978
Personal details
Born (1934-06-23) 23 June 1934 (age 82)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Jean Sutton
Children 3 sons, 1 daughter
Alma mater Jesus College, Cambridge

Keith Norman Sutton (born 23 June 1934[1]) was the Bishop of Lichfield from 1984 to 2003.[2] He was the 97th Bishop of Lichfield.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Sutton grew up in Balham, London and graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge in 1959.

Ecclesiastical career[edit]

In July 1985, Sutton was sent by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a special envoy to support Archbishop Desmond Tutu who was facing threats of action by the South African government.[4][5] He was the Bishop of Kingston from 1978 to 1984, having served as Principal of Ridley Hall from 1973 to 1978.[2] Prior to his time at Ridley Hall he taught at Bishop Tucker Theological College in Mukono, Uganda from 1968-1973 - now part of Uganda Christian University. He was Chaplain of St John's College, Cambridge from 1962-1967. He retired to Cornwall and served as an honorary assistant bishop in the Dioceses of Truro and of Exeter.[6]

Marriage and family[edit]

He was married to Jean Sutton (deceased) and has 3 sons and 1 daughter.


  1. ^ Some online sources suggest 1935 as the correct year.
  2. ^ a b "Sutton, Rt Rev. Keith Norman". Who's Who 2011. Oxford University Press. October 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Bishop of Lichfield to retire". Lichfield Diocese. 2 October 2002. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Runcie envoy arrives to back Tutu. Glasgow Herald, 22 March 1988
  5. ^ Bishop of Lichfield. ITN Source, 21 July 1985
  6. ^ "Bishop of Lichfield retires". Lichfield Diocese. 20 April 2003. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 

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