Ray Pentland

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The Venerable
Ray Pentland
Birth name Raymond Jackson Pentland
Born (1957-07-14) 14 July 1957 (age 60)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force (1990–2014)
Royal Auxiliary Air Force (2014–present)
Years of service 1990–present
Rank Air Vice-Marshal
Service number 5207651M
Unit Chaplains Branch

Raymond Jackson Pentland, CB, QHC (born 14 July 1957) is a British Church of England priest. He is a retired military chaplain, having served as Chaplain-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force and head of its Chaplains Branch from 2009 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Pentland was born on 14 July 1957, Greenock, Scotland, to Adam Jackson Pentland and Edith Henderson Pentland.[1][2] He was educated at Cowdenknowes High School.[1]


Civilian ministry[edit]

Pentland attended the William Booth Memorial Training College from 1977.[2] Upon graduation in 1979, he became an Officer of The Salvation Army.[1] He served in number of inner city locations throughout the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1986.[2][1]

In 1986, he left The Salvation Army to enter St John's College, Nottingham and train for ordination into the Church of England.[2] He was ordained a deacon in 1988, in Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire.[1][2] He then became Assistant Curate of St. Jude's Church, Mapperley, Nottingham.[2] He was ordained a priest in 1989.[1]

Military career[edit]

In 1990, Pentland attended the Specialist Entrant and Re-entrant Course at RAF Cranwell.[2] On 26 August 1990, he was commissioned into the Chaplains Branch of the Royal Air Force as a chaplain with the relative rank of flight lieutenant. He was given the service number 5207651M.[3] On 26 August 1991, he was promoted to the relative rank of squadron leader.[4] He transferred from a short service commission to a permanent commission on 1 November 1993.[5] As part of the half-yearly promotions, he was promoted to the relative rank of wing commander on 1 January 2003.[6]

Pentland was member of the House of Clergy in the General Synod of the Church of England from 2005 to 2014.[7] On 27 March 2006, he was appointed Principal Anglican Chaplain and Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force. On 1 April 2009, he was selected to succeed Peter Mills as Chaplain-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force: he took up the appointment on 1 October in addition to his role as Archdeacon, becoming the 21st Chaplain in Chief.[2]

Pentland retired in 2014, and was succeeded as Chaplain-in-Chief by Jonathan Chaffey.[7][8]

Later life[edit]

Having retired from full-time ministry when he retired from the Royal Air Force in 2014, Pentland has held permission to officiate in the Dioceses of Oxford and of London.[9] He continues his link with the military, having transferred his commission from the RAF to the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) on 24 November 2014 in the rank of air commodore.[10] He has also served as an honorary assistant curate at St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe and St James Garlickhythe since 2015.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1979, Pentland married Christine Ann Lyth.[1] Together they have one son, Jackson, (born Adam) and one daughter, Elizabeth.[2]

Honours and decorations[edit]

On 27 March 2006, Pentland was appointed Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC).[11] In 2006, he was made an Honorary Canon of Lincoln Cathedral.[7] In the 2013 New Year Honours, he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "PENTLAND, Ven. Raymond Jackson". Who's Who 2013. A & C Black. November 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) Ray J Pentland CB QHC BA DPS MTh RAF". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "No. 52295". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 October 1990. p. 15789. 
  4. ^ "No. 52672". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 September 1991. p. 14861. 
  5. ^ "No. 53580". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 February 1994. p. 1921. 
  6. ^ "No. 56811". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 January 2003. pp. 129–132. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Pentland, Ven. Raymond Jackson". Who's Who 2018. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.70908. 
  8. ^ "Chaplain-in-Chief". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Raymond Jackson Pentland"Paid subscription required. Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "No. 61160". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 March 2015. p. 3803. 
  11. ^ "No. 57939". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 March 2006. p. 4355. 
  12. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 2. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Ron Hesketh
Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force
2006 – 2014
Succeeded by
Jonathan Chaffey
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Mills
Chaplain-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force
2009 – 2014
Succeeded by
Jonathan Chaffey