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NEW BISHOP OF KINGSTON

Richard Cheetham30 July 2002

The Queen has appointed the Ven Dr Richard Cheetham to the Suffragan See of Kingston. He will succeed the Rt Rev. Peter Price as the Area Bishop of Kingston in the Diocese of Southwark assisting the Diocesan Bishop in the oversight and pastoral care of parishes in south-west London.

Richard Cheetham, 46, has been the Archdeacon of St Albans since February 1999. He was a science teacher and then an investments analyst before he was ordained deacon in 1987. Priested in 1988, he served his title at Holy Cross Church, Newcastle. He then moved to be Vicar of St Augustine of Canterbury, Limbury, Luton, in the Diocese of St Albans where he was involved in the early stages of the Luton Council of Faiths and a member of the first Luton SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education).

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Rev. Dr Tom Butler, commented: 'Richard Cheetham is a very able and experienced priest who will bring many gifts to his new ministry. I very much look forward to working with him in the years to come.'

Richard Cheetham grew up in Surbiton and was educated at Kingston Grammar School and was, at that stage, a member of Emmanuel Tolworth. He was confirmed at Christ Church, Surbiton.

He says: 'I am honoured to be called to serve the church as the new Bishop of Kingston and excited to be returning to the Kingston Area and the Diocese of Southwark. It is a rich and varied area with many different communities and I look forward to making links with the churches and the wider community there. I am especially pleased to be working with Bishop Tom and other colleagues in Southwark Diocese.'

Richard Cheetham will be consecrated Bishop in Southwark Cathedral on Thursday 17 October 2002.

Biographical details follow…

In becoming the Bishop of Kingston, Richard Cheetham will be returning to the area of his childhood. He was brought up in Surbiton and his parents still live there. He attended Kingston Grammar School between 1966 and 1974 and went to church in Tolworth and was confirmed in Surbiton.

He won an Open Exhibition to Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He graduated in 1977, with a Joint Honours degree in Physics and Philosophy. He was an Oxford Hockey Blue and an under 19 player for England.

He followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Corpus Christi College Oxford and then taught science at a large comprehensive school in Richmond, North Yorkshire, (1978-1980).

From there he moved to be Assistant Physics Master at Eton College, Windsor (1980-1983) before becoming an investment analyst in London.

In 1985, he went to Ripon College, Cuddesdon where he obtained a Certificate in Theology and in 1987 he was ordained deacon.

He served his title at Holy Cross Church, Newcastle and was priested in 1988.

In 1990, he moved to become Vicar of St Augustine of Canterbury, Limbury, Luton in the Diocese of St Albans and was Rural Dean of Luton from 1995 -1998. During this period he was founder and convenor of an ecumenical study group and a founding member of Luton SACRE.

Between 1994 and 1998 he was a part time doctoral student at King's College London and he was awarded a PhD in October 1999. The title of his thesis was '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'.

In February 1999 he became the Archdeacon of St Albans.

He is married to Felicity and they have a daughter and a son. He still plays hockey and squash regularly. His other interests include cinema and walking.

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