Kelvin Holdsworth

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The Very Reverend
Kelvin Holdsworth
Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow
Rector, K. Holdsworth.jpg
Holdsworth after his institution on 31 May 2006 outside St Mary's Cathedral.
(Photographer - Stewart D. Macfarlane)
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Diocese Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway
In office 31 May 2006 to present
Ordination 4 July 1997 (deacon)
9 June 1998 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1966-10-21) 21 October 1966 (age 49)
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Alma mater Manchester Polytechnic
St Andrews University
Edinburgh University

Kelvin Holdsworth (born 21 October 1966) is a priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Since 2006, he has served as Rector and Provost of the St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow.

Early life and education[edit]

Holdsworth was born on 21 October 1966 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.[1][2] He was educated at Bearsden Academy in Bearsden, Glasgow, Scotland, and Ossett School in Ossett, Yorkshire, England.[1] He studied computing science and mathematics at Manchester Polytechnic, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1989.[2][3] He then studied practical theology and Christian ethics at the University of St Andrews, graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) in 1992.[1][2][3]

From 1992 to 1995, Holdsworth was a layman working with St Benet's Chaplaincy, the inter-denominational Christian chaplaincy of Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.[1] In 1995, he entered the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church to train for ordination.[3] During this time, he also studied at New College, Edinburgh, and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Theology (MTh) degree in 1996.[2][3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Holdsworth was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church as a deacon on 4 July 1997 St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth. He was ordained as a priest on 9 June 1998.[3] From 1997 to 2000, he served his curacy as the precentor of St Ninian's Cathedral.[3][4]

From 2000 to 2006, Holdsworth was Rector of St Saviour's Church, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane.[3] During this time, he was also the Episcopal chaplain to the University of Stirling.[1][3]

His appointment to St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow was announced simultaneously there and at St. Saviour's Church on Bridge of Allan on 5 February 2006. He was instituted at St. Mary's Cathedral on 31 May 2006, the Feast of the Visitation.

Political career[edit]

Holdsworth stood for the Bridge of Allan ward of Stirling Council in May 2003.[5]

Holdsworth stood for the Parliament of the United Kingdom in the constituency of Stirling at the 2005 General Election as the Liberal Democrat candidate. He came third behind the Labour and Conservative Party candidates.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Holdsworth is gay.[4] He was listed at number 35 of the most influential LGBT people in the UK in 2015 [8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Holdsworth, Kelvin". Our Campaigns. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "100 Things". What's in Kevin's Head?. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Kelvin Holdsworth". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 3 December 2015.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b "About". What's in Kevin's Head. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Church Times - Clerics at hustings". Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Stirling Council; UK Elections 2005 Constituency Results". Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. 
  7. ^ "BBC News; Election 2005; Results; Stirling". Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  8. ^ "The IoS Pink List 2015". London: The Independent. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Griff Dines
Rector and Provost of St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow
May 2006 – present