Biography of the Bishop of Sherborne
Dr Graham Kings has been Bishop of Sherborne since June 24 2009, when he was consecrated at Westminster Abbey. He shares particular responsibility with the Bishop of Salisbury for the southern half of the Diocese which covers most of the county of Dorset, with two parishes in Devon.
Dr Kings studied theology at Hertford College, Oxford. After marrying Alison, he undertook further studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge and ordination training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
Following ordination he served as a curate in Harlesden, London for four years and then in 1985, moved to Kenya as a Church Mission Society (CMS) mission partner to teach theology at St Andrew’s College, Kabare in the foothills of Mount Kenya.
In 1992 he returned to Cambridge to become the first Henry Martyn Lecturer in Mission Studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation, founding Director of the Henry Martyn Centre for the study of mission and world Christianity and affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity of the University. During his time in Cambridge he studied for a PhD from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Dr Kings became vicar of St Mary’s Islington in 2000 and quickly made his mark as a forward thinking, innovative teacher and pastor.
In 2003, Fulcrum, an interactive, online theological journal, was founded in Islington with the aim of renewing the evangelical centre of the Church of England, with Dr Kings as its theological secretary.
He also served with the Bishop of Salisbury on the Liturgical Commission and the Mission Theological Advisory Group of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion Network for Inter-Faith Concerns.
Graham’s wife, Alison is a psychotherapist, and Hon Sec of the Guild of Psychotherapists in London.
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