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The Revd Canon Chris Chivers


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Chris Chivers became Principal in August 2015. He trained for ordination at Westcott - reading Theology and Religious Studies as an affiliated student at Selwyn - and his ministry has seen him as a curate, parish priest and area dean in North London - in the parish of Friern Barnet, at John Keble Church, Mill Hill, and across the West Barnet deanery - as the Precentor of two very contrasting communities - St George's Cathedral, Cape Town and Westminster Abbey - and Canon Chancellor of Blackburn Cathedral where he founded the award-winning inter-religious and educational institute, exChange.


Before training for ordination he studied music as an academical clerk (choral scholar) at Magdalen College, Oxford, having earlier been a chorister at Bristol Cathedral, taught music at several schools and was Lay Chaplain, Housemaster and Choristers' Tutor at King's College School, Cambridge.


A published composer of choral music, he is also the author of several books. He presents Daily Service and Act of Worship on BBC Radio 4, and is a frequent contributor to the church and secular press in the UK and internationally.


He is a Canon Emeritus of Blackburn and was made an Honorary Canon of Saldhana Bay Diocese in recognition of his contributions to the church in Southern Africa. He is a trustee of the Anglican Communion Fund, a Montgomery Trust lecturer and the Chair of Trustees for the Anglican mission agency, USPG.


He is married to Mary and they have three sons, Dominic, Gregory and Jonathan.


His study day is Wednesday. To make an appointment to meet with him on other days please contact Shelby Bohland  



Courses taught:


  • Life and Service
  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Encounter
  • Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations: Scripture, History, Theology and Practice


Research interests:


  • Inter-religious living
  • Theology in the public square
  • World Christianity and global mission
  • Liturgy
  • Theology and music


Publications include:


Echoes of a Rainbow Song: a South African Magnificat, 1999

The Hard Road to Glory, 2001

The Open Window, 2004

Dear Dom and Greg ..., 2007

Jerusalem haiku, 2007

South African haiku, 2008

Fully alive, 2010

Telling it slant, 2013 



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