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Michael Beasley (bishop)

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In office  14 May 2015–present
Predecessor  Paul Bayes
Role  Bishop

Name  Michael Beasley
Denomination  Anglicanism
Diocese  Diocese of St Albans
Other posts  Director of Mission, Diocese of Oxford (2010–2015)
Ordination  1999 (deacon) 2000 (priest)
Consecration  14 May 2015 by Justin Welby
Birth name  Noel Michael Roy Beasley
Books  The First Institution
Alma mater  Imperial College London, Oriel College, Oxford, Durham University

Noel Michael Roy Beasley (born 1968) is a British Church of England bishop and epidemiologist. Since May 2015, he has been the Bishop of Hertford. From 2003 to 2010, he worked at Westcott House, Cambridge, an Anglican theological school; first as chaplain and then as a tutor and the college's vice-principal. During this time, he was also an academic of Imperial College London. From 2010 to 2015, he was Director of Mission for the Diocese of Oxford.

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Early life and education

Beasley was born in 1968. From 1983 to 1987, he was educated at Sir Graham Balfour School, a state school in Stafford, Staffordshire. He studied at Imperial College London and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. He then undertook post-graduate study at Oriel College, Oxford, completing his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1996.

After completing his doctorate, Beasley studied theology at St John's College, Durham. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1998. He then trained for the priesthood at Cranmer Hall, the theological college attached to St John's College, which he completed in 1999.

Ordained ministry

Beasley was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1999 and as a priest in 2000. From 1999 to 2003, he served as an assistant curate at St Nicholas Church, Newport, in the Diocese of Lichfield.

From 2003 to 2007, Beasley was chaplain of Westcott House, Cambridge, an Anglican theological college. Remaining at Westcott House, he was a tutor in mission and the college's vice-principal from 2007 to 2010. His positions at Westcott House were part-time and he combined these with work at Imperial College London. There, he worked as Director of the Partnership for Child Development in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. One of his projects was a 2008 film titled Courage and Hope: African Teachers Living Positively With HIV which tried to address the stigma of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

In 2010, Beasley was appointed Director of Mission for the Diocese of Oxford. In this position he worked throughout the diocese with churches across the spectrum of Anglican churchmanship. In 2014, he was appointed an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Episcopate

In March 2015, it was announced that Beasley would succeed Paul Bayes as Bishop of Hertford, a suffragan bishop of the Diocese of St Albans. On 14 May 2015, he was consecrated as a bishop by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, during a service at Westminster Abbey. He took up the appointment on 16 May during a service at St Albans Cathedral.

Personal life

Beasley is married to Lizzie, a deputy head teacher. They have two children, Charlie and Constance.

References

Michael Beasley (bishop) Wikipedia


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