The Most Rev. David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, will retire at the end of July. Bishop Chillingworth was consecrated as Bishop of St. Andrews, Dunkeld, and Dunblane in 2005 and was elected primus four years later.
Chillingworth has encouraged the Scottish church to become more missional. He encouraged establishing a “Whole Church Mission and Ministry Policy,” which for the past six years has challenged the church to reshape its life for mission and growth.
Bishop Chillingworth has served as a member of the standing committee of the Anglican Consultative Council. He has helped lead Continuing Indaba and serves as Anglican co-chairman of international dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the World Communion of Reformed Churches.
Ordained in 1976, he spent the next 29 years in the ministry of the Church of Ireland. He worked for much of that time in places affected by Northern Ireland’s conflict. Throughout that period, particularly as rector of Seagoe Parish Church in Portadown, he tried to help churches challenge sectarianism. He also served successively as Dean and Archdeacon of Dromore.
“It has been an immense privilege for me to exercise the interwoven ministries of bishop and Primus,” he said. “The Scottish Episcopal Church has with increasing confidence been developing its mission and taking its place in the evolving story of Scotland. As the process for the election of my successor begins — and as God’s unfolding future for our church is revealed — I shall continue to hold this church and its leadership in my prayers.”