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Richard Kew

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I am a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee who is Development Director at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Ridley is one of England’s leading theological colleges/seminaries, and is a strategic hub for the wider Anglican Communion in the heart of a world-class university setting. The focal point of much of my work at present is a major capital campaign.

I was ordained in London in 1969, but the huge God surprise was moving to the USA in 1976 where I served as a parish priest, was involved in the launch of the South American Missionary Society, the early years of SPCK in the USA, diocesan life, as well as a variety of other tasks. The invitation to lead the development and stewardship challenge of Ridley Hall in 2007 was another unexpected divine intervention.

Over the decades my ministry can be characterized by the ‘specialties’ of ministry start-up and the demanding work of picking up. I have written various books, and for the last decade have produced an online lectionary-based Daily Devotional being used by Christians around the world (One place it can be found is at Richard Kew’s Daily Devotions on Facebook).

I am unapologetically Anglican according to the historic creeds and formularies of the church. My life has been shaped by the church’s mission with which has come a deepening yearning for unity and reconciliation. Theological orthodoxy if divorced from orthopraxy is worth little—grace and truth belong together. Our divided state, especially in Anglicanism, is a daily heartbreak.

Rosemary and I met at London University, married in 1968 and have shared many adventures together. She is retired from college teaching and now administers the prayer and spiritual life center at Ridley while being warden of our village church. We have three grandchildren and a fourth in utero. Our elder daughter is Director of Strategic Planning at the University of Birmingham, England, and our younger is a physician in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We share our home with Freddy, a still feisty but aging Silky Terrier, and Lady Jane Grey, a Maine Coon Cat whose name matches her color and regal bearing. One of the things I will miss when returning to Tennessee in a few years will be the opportunity to watch rugby!

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