Peter Owen-Jones

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The Reverend Peter Owen-Jones
Born 1957 (age 59–60)
South London, England, UK
Spouse(s) Jac Owen-Jones (separated)
Children 4
Church Church of England
Ordained 1993
Congregations served
Firle, Sussex, UK
Offices held
Subdean, Rector

Peter Owen-Jones (born 1957) is an English Anglican clergyman, author and television presenter.

Owen Jones dropped out of public school at the age of 16 and went to Australia to make his fortune. Back in Britain, he began his working life as a farm labourer in South Eastern England and then ran a mobile disco before moving to London where he started in advertising as a messenger boy and worked his way up to creative director. In his late 20s and with a wife and two children, he gave up his commercial life to follow a calling to the Anglican ministry by enrolling at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. In early 1996 he gained notoriety when he conducted a service for the Newbury bypass protestors.[1]

In 1998, he ran three parishes in Cambridgeshire as the Rector of Haslingfield (Harlton, Great Eversden and Little Eversden), before resigning from his post in 2005, to relocate to the benefice of Glynde, West Firle and Beddingham. He was recruited by the BBC to front a series of religious television programmes looking at different aspects of Christianity and other faiths.

He is married to Jac and as of May 2010 has four children.[2]

In his BBC documentary How to Live a Simple Life (2009),[3] Owen-Jones tried to live a life without money, in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi. His 2010 documentary, The Lost Gospels, discussed the Apocryphal Gospels which were omitted from the canon of the New Testament, and Owen-Jones considers how their contents might have altered Christian theology if they had not been suppressed.



  • Psalm [Spoken Word/ Electronica Project with Mark Sheppard from the Offering][4]



  1. ^ Bed of Nails: An Advertising Executive's Journey Through Theological College, Lion Hudson, 1998, ISBN 978-0-7459-3628-4
  2. ^ The Independent - Meet the ad exec turned pin-up vicar, 23 November 2003
  3. ^ Telegraph, 2009 How to Live a Simple Life
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