Richard Cheetham

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The Rt Revd
Richard Cheetham
PhD MA(Oxon) PGCE[1]
Bishop of Kingston
Diocese Diocese of Southwark
Installed 27 October 2002[2]
Predecessor Peter Price
Other posts Archdeacon of St Albans (1999–2002)
Orders
Ordination 1987 (deacon); 1988 (priest)
Consecration 17 October 2002[2]
Personal details
Born (1955-08-18) 18 August 1955 (age 60)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Felicity (wife)[1]
Children 1 son; 1 daughter[1]
Profession formerly investment analyst; teacher
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Richard Ian Cheetham (born 18 August 1955) is a Church of England bishop and former teacher. Since 2002, he has been the current Anglican area Bishop of Kingston.[3]

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Kingston Grammar School.[4] He studied physics and philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA). He remained at the University of Oxford to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).[5]

Having qualified, he taught science at a comprehensive school in Richmond, North Yorkshire, from 1978 to 1980. He then moved to Eton College, Windsor, where he was Assistant Physics Master from 1980 to 1983. After five years teaching, he left the profession to become an investment analyst.[5]

Religious life[edit]

Cheetham left his career and in 1985 began preparation for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Having completed a Certificate in Theology and he was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1987. The following year, in 1988, he was ordained a priest.[5]

He began his career as curate at Holy Cross, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne and from 1990 until 1999 he was vicar of St Augustine of Canterbury's Church, Luton and additionally (from 1995) Rural Dean of the area.[6] From 1999 to 2002 he was Archdeacon of St Albans.[7]

In 1999 Bishop Richard completed his PhD as an external student of King's College London.[4] His thesis was entitled, 'The nature and status of religious belief in contemporary Britain (with particular reference to the concept of 'truth') as reflected by acts of collective worship in a sample of Luton schools since the 1988 Education Reform Act'. A book, Collective Worship: issues and opportunities, followed in 2004. He became an Honorary Research Fellow of King's College London in 2011. Bishop Richard is also a keen sportsman.[4]

Bishop Richard Cheetham is Chair of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, Anglican President of the Christian Muslim Forum,[8] Patron of the Fircroft Trust,[9] the Curriculum for Cohesion and Kingston Bereavement Service. Until 2012 he was a member of the Roehampton University Council. He is President of the YMCA London South West who have a large multi-function building in Surbiton[10] and became Chair of the British Regional Committee of St. George's College, Jerusalem, in May 2013.

Styles[edit]

  • Richard Cheetham (1953–1987)
  • The Revd Richard Cheetham (1987 – February 1999)[1]
  • The Ven Richard Cheetham (February–October 1999)
  • The Ven Dr Richard Cheetham (October 1999 – 2002)
  • The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham (2002–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Official notification of appointment". Number10.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Press Release – Consecration & Commissioning". Southwark.anglican.org. 15 October 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Anglican Communion". Aco.org. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Who's Who 2008
  5. ^ a b c "Biographical notes for Bishops: The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham". Who we are. Diocese of Southwark. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Crockford's (2008/2009)
  7. ^ Debrett's People of Today 2008
  8. ^ "Co-Chairs and Presidents of the Christian Muslim Forum". Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Fircroft Trust". Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "YMCA London South West". Retrieved 23 March 2012. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Peter Price
Bishop of Kingston
2002–present
Incumbent