John Arnold (priest)

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John Arnold speaking on occasion of the regional Kirchentag in East Berlin, 1987

John Robert Arnold OBE (born 1 November 1933) is a retired Anglican priest and noted author.[1]

Arnold was educated at Christ’s Hospital[2] and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1960[3] and was then a curate at Holy Trinity, Millhouses, Sheffield then chaplain and lecturer at the University of Southampton. From 1972 to 1978 he was secretary of the Board for Mission and Unity for the General Synod of the Church of England when he became Dean of Rochester.[4] In 1989 he became Dean of Durham, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. 1986-1992 he was vice-president, 1992-1997 president of the Conference of European Churches.


  1. Amongst others he has written Eucharistic Liturgy of Taizé (1962); Strategist for the Spirit (1985); Rochester Cathedral (1987); Preaching from Cathedrals (1998); and Life Conquers Death (2007)
  2. Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. Crockfords(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  4. The Times, 16 November 1977, p21, "New Dean of Rochester"

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Stanley Woodley Betts
Dean of Rochester
1978 –1989
Succeeded by
Edward Frank Shotter
Preceded by
Peter Richard Baelz
Dean of Durham
1989 –2002
Succeeded by
Michael Sadgrove