Ken Barham

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Ken Barham
Bishop of Cyangugu
Church Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda
Diocese Diocese of Cyangugu
In office 1996–2001
Other posts Assistant Bishop of Cyangugu (1993–1996)
Priest-in-charge of Ashburnham and Penhurst (1984–2001)
Honorary assistant bishop, Diocese of Chichester (2005–present)
Ordination 1963 (deacon); 1964 (priest)
by Roger Wilson
Consecration 1993
Personal details
Born 1936 (age 81–82)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Lawrence & Julia
Spouse Jill
Alma mater Clifton Theological College

Kenneth Lawrence Barham OBE (called Ken; born 1936) is a retired Anglican bishop.

Barham was born in 1936, a son of Lawrence Barham (second Bishop of Rwanda and Burundi, 1964–1966) and Julia née Leakey. He married Jill, a teacher.[1] Like his father, Barham became an Anglican priest and later bishop: he trained at Clifton Theological College, gaining his Bachelor of Divinity (BD) in 1963.[2]

Ordained a deacon at Michaelmas (29 September) 1963[3] and a priest at Michaelmas (20 September) 1964[4] (both times by Roger Wilson, Bishop of Chichester in Chichester Cathedral), he served curacies in Worthing, Sevenoaks and Cheltenham.[2] His first incumbency was as vicar of Maidstone, from 1970 until 1979, when he became the South Area Secretary for the CMS Rwanda mission, until 1984. He returned to parochial ministry as priest-in-charge of Ashburnham and Penhurst until 2001. During this time, however, he also held posts in the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda.[2]

Among those colonial mission posts, Barham was consecrated in 1993 as Assistant Bishop of Cyangugu, becoming diocesan Bishop of Cyangugu in 1996 until his 2001 retirement. In 2001, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and retired to Sussex; where he has served the Diocese of Chichester as an honorary assistant bishop since 2005.[2]

In 2004 the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, awarded Barham the Cross of St Augustine in recognition of his work for the Anglican Communion.[5]


  1. ^ The Telegraph — Pupils from Sussex learn a vital lesson about poverty and suffering in Rwanda (Accessed 8 October 2016)
  2. ^ a b c d "Kenneth Lawrence Barham"Paid subscription required. Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Michaelmas Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5251). 4 October 1963. p. 16. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 8 October 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Michaelmas Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5302). 25 September 1964. p. 16. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 8 October 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ retrieved 17 May 2017.