John Beer (priest)

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John Stuart Beer (born 15 March 1944 [1] ) is a priest in the Church of England and former Archdeacon of Cambridge. [2]

Church of England Anglican state church of England

The Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the supreme governor. The Church of England is also the mother church of the international Anglican Communion. It traces its history to the Christian church recorded as existing in the Roman province of Britain by the third century, and to the 6th-century Gregorian mission to Kent led by Augustine of Canterbury.

An archdeacon is a senior clergy position in the Syriac Orthodox Church, Church of the East, Chaldean Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, St Thomas Christians, Eastern Orthodox churches and some other Christian denominations, above that of most clergy and below a bishop. In the High Middle Ages it was the most senior diocesan position below a bishop in the Catholic Church. An archdeacon is often responsible for administration within an archdeaconry, which is the principal subdivision of the diocese. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church has defined an archdeacon as "A cleric having a defined administrative authority delegated to him by the bishop in the whole or part of the diocese." The office has often been described metaphorically as that of oculus episcopi, the "bishop's eye".

Cambridge City and non-metropolitan district in England

Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of London. At the United Kingdom Census 2011, its population was 123,867 including 24,506 students. Cambridge became an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages, and there is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age. The first town charters were granted in the 12th century, although modern city status was not officially conferred until 1951.

Beer was at Roundhay School and Pembroke College, Oxford. After working in advertising with Rowntree's in York he was ordained in 1972. He became a curate at St John the Baptist's Knaresborough and then a fellow and chaplain at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. After this he became the Rector of Toft and then the Vicar of Grantchester. [3] He was Archdeacon of Huntingdon from 1997 until his appointment to Ely in 2004. He retired in 2014.

Roundhay School Community school in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

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Pembroke College, Oxford constituent college of the University of Oxford

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  1. Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN   978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. Until 2006 of Ely Archived 2012-11-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN   0-7151-8088-6
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Kitson Sledge
Archdeacon of Huntingdon
Succeeded by
Hugh McCurdy
Preceded by
Jeffrey John Seagrief Watson
Archdeacon of Cambridge
(previously Ely)

Succeeded by
Alex Hughes