David Chillingworth

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David Chillingworth
Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
Primus Emeritus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
ChurchScottish Episcopal Church
DioceseSt Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
In office13 June 2009 - 27 June 2016 (Primus)
2004 - 2017 (Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane)
PredecessorIdris Jones (Primus)
Michael Henley (Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane)
SuccessorMark Strange (Primus)
Incumbent (Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane)
Consecration5 March 2004
by Bruce Cameron
Personal details
Birth nameDavid Chillingworth
Born (1951-06-23) 23 June 1951 (age 68)
Dublin, Ireland
NationalityDual British & Irish
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin
Oriel College, Oxford
Ripon College Cuddesdon

David Chillingworth (born 23 June 1951) is an Anglican bishop. He was Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane between 2004 and 2017, until his retirement, he was also the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 2009 to 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Chillingworth was born in Dublin in 1951 but grew up in Northern Ireland,[1] he studied classics at Trinity College, Dublin, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1973. He then studied theology at Oriel College, Oxford, and graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA degree in 1975; that year, he entered Ripon College Cuddesdon, an Anglican theological college, to undertake one year of training for ordained ministry.[2][3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Chillingworth was ordained in the Church of Ireland as a deacon in 1976 and as a priest in 1978,[3] his parish ministry was consistently focused on issues of conflict and reconciliation, particularly in relation to sectarianism. He also served as the Church of Ireland Youth Officer from 1979 to 1983.[1] Before moving to Scotland in 2005 he was the rector for 19 years of Seagoe Parish Church in Portadown and Archdeacon of Dromore and from 1995 to 2002 the Dean of Dromore.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 5 March 2004, Chillinworth was consecrated as a bishop at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth,[1] he then became the bishop of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, making him one of the seven diocesan bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church.[4]

On 13 June 2009, Chillingworth was elected the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church by the other bishops.[5] Although it is not uncommon for the Scottish Episcopal Church to elect bishops from outside the boundaries of Scotland, the choice of Chillingworth was unusual in that he was elected from the Church of Ireland,[6] he had never previously worked in Scotland and had lived most of his life in Northern Ireland.

Personal life[edit]

Chillingworth is married to Alison. Together, they have three children: Anna, Simon, and Mark.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "The Bishop". About the Diocese; the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ a b "David Robert Chillingworth". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ Anglican Communion website.
  5. ^ Scottish Episcopal Church website.
  6. ^ Election details Archived 2009-01-05 at the Wayback Machine
Religious titles
Preceded by
Michael Harry George Henley
Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
2004 to present
Preceded by
Idris Jones
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
2009 to 2016
Succeeded by
Mark Strange