was consecrated as the Anglican Bishop of Sherborne on 24 June 2009 at a service http://www.westminster-abbey.org/press/news/news/2009/june/consecration-of-the-bishop-of-sherborne
in Westminster Abbey
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Kings was born in Barkingside, Essex on the eastern outskirts of London. He is one of 2 children. He was educated at Buckhurst Hill County High School
Buckhurst Hill County High School, BHCHS, was a secondary school in Chigwell, Essex.-History:It opened on 15 September 1938. It was near to RAF Chigwell and the River Roding....
; Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
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; Hertford College, Oxford
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; Ridley Hall Theological College and Selwyn College, Cambridge
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; and Utrecht University
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. He trained for the priesthood at Ridley Hall Cambridge.
Between school and Oxford Kings was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards on a Short Service Limited Commission (gap year). Between Oxford and Cambridge, he was a caretaker at All Souls Church, Langham Place
All Souls Church is an Anglican Evangelical church in central London, situated in Marylebone at the north end of Regent Street on Langham Place, just south of BBC Broadcasting House. As well as the core church membership, many hundreds of visitors come to All Souls, bringing the average number of...
, London 1977-78. His title post was served as a Curate in Harlesden following which he then spent seven years as a CMS Mission Partner as Director of Studies and then as Vice-Principal of St Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya. He was appointed an honary Canon to St Andrew’s Cathedral Kerugoya, Kenya 1991.
On his return to the Britain, in 1992 Kings became the first Lecturer in Mission Studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation
and then founded and directed the Henry Martyn
Henry Martyn was an Anglican priest and missionary to the peoples of India and Persia. Born in Truro, Cornwall, he was educated at Truro Grammar School and St John's College, Cambridge. A chance encounter with Charles Simeon led him to become a missionary...
Centre for the Study of Mission and World Christianity at Westminster College in the Federation, and was an affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity of the University. In 2000, Kings became vicar of St Marys Islington
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. Kings was consecrated a bishop on 24 June 2009 and installed as the Bishop of Sherborne
Kings co-founded Fulcrum
Fulcrum is a Church of England think tank representing the Evangelical Centre of the CofE. Formed in 2002, Fulcrum aims to renew the moderate centre of the evangelical tradition in the Church of England...
, an evangelical Anglican think tank, in 2003 and is its theological secretary . He has commented on the creation of personal ordinariate
A personal ordinariate is a canonical structure within the Catholic Church enabling former Anglicans to maintain some degree of corporate identity and autonomy with regard to the bishops of the geographical dioceses of the Catholic Church and to preserve elements of their distinctive Anglican...
s for disaffected traditionalist Anglicans entering the Catholic Church.
Kings married Alison Audrey Britton in 1977, they have 3 daughters. Alison Kings is a psychotherapist and co-founder of Analytica Consultancy
He has published three books:
1. Offerings from Kenya to Anglicanism
(2001): Grove Books – with Geoff Morgan.
2. Christianity Connected
(2002) – PhD thesis from the University of Utrecht: Zoetermeer Boekencentrem.
3. Signs and Seasons
(2008): Cantebury Press.
4. Articles written for The Times
, The Guardian
5. Also; Abdul Masih: Icon of Indian Indigeneity. Republished on Fulcrum
(2011, with permission, from the International Bulletin of Missionary Research
, April 1999, Vol 23 No 2.
- Graham Kings Esq (1953–1980)
- The Revd Graham Kings (1980–1991)
- The Revd Canon Graham Kings (1991–2002)
- The Revd Canon Dr Graham Kings (2002–2009)
- The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings (2009—)