David Hoyle (priest)

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David Hoyle

Dean of Westminster
Church Church of England
Diocese Royal Peculiar
Appointed19 June 2019
Installed16 November 2019
Predecessor John Hall
Ordination1986 (deacon)
1987 (priest)
Personal details
David Michael Hoyle

1957 (age 6465)
Denomination Anglicanism
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Ripon College, Cuddesdon
Magdalen College, Cambridge

David Michael Hoyle MBE (born 1957) is a British Anglican priest and academic who was appointed the 39th Dean of Westminster in 2019, having previously served as Dean of Bristol from 2010 to 2019.


Early life and education

Hoyle was born in 1957 in Waterfoot, Lancashire, England, the son of Michael and Yvonne Hoyle. [1] He was educated at Watford Grammar School for Boys, then an all-boys state grammar school in Watford, Hertfordshire. [2] He studied history and theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1980: as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree in 1983. [1] [3] From 1984 to 1986, he trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. [4] He continued his studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge, completing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1991. [4] His doctoral thesis was titled "Near popery yet no popery: theological debate in Cambridge 1590-1644". [5]

Ordained ministry

Hoyle was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1986 and as a priest in 1987. [4] His first post was as curate of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Chesterton, Cambridge, [6] after which he was a Fellow and chaplain (later Dean) of Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was vicar of Christ Church in Southgate, London, [7] and then Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Gloucester and residentiary canon of Gloucester Cathedral [6] until his appointment to the deanery in 2010. [8]

He was installed as Dean of Bristol on 29 May 2010. [9] [10] On 19 June 2019, it was announced that he had been appointed Dean of Westminster, and he took up his appointment on 16 November 2019 following the retirement of John Hall. [11] Four months later, Westminster Abbey was obliged to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing what Hoyle described as a "shattering blow" to its finances, given that 90% of its income came from visitors' entrance fees. [12]

Hoyle conducted the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on 19 September, 2022 at Westminster Abbey following the rubric of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. [13] At the beginning of the service Hoyle gave the bidding and then the blessing at the end.


Hoyle was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to faith and vulnerable communities in Bristol. [14]

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  12. Bashir, Martin (26 July 2020). "Coronavirus: Westminster Abbey 'dealt shattering blow'". BBC News. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  13. "Dean of Westminster David Hoyle: Who is the man leading the Queen's funeral?". 16 September 2022.
  14. "No. 62866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 2019. p. N19.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Dean of Bristol
2010 – 2019
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dean of Westminster
2019 – present