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Keith Rayner
Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne
Primate of Australia
Church Anglican
In office1990-1999
Personal details
Birth nameKeith Rayner
Born (1929-11-22) 22 November 1929 (age 90)
Nationality Australian

Keith Rayner AO (born 22 November 1929) is a retired Australian Anglican bishop and a former Anglican Primate of Australia.

Education and ordained ministry

He was educated at the Church of England Grammar School, Brisbane, Queensland (now known as the Anglican Church Grammar School and popularly called "Churchie"). [1] and the University of Queensland. [2] He was ordained priest in 1953. [3] His first post was as chaplain at St Francis' Theological College, Brisbane, followed by Queensland incumbencies in Sunnybank and Wynnum, during which time he completed his doctoral thesis on the history of Anglicanism within the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. [4]

In 1969 Rayner became the Bishop of Wangaratta, Victoria: [5] he was consecrated a bishop on 24 June at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne. [6] In 1975 he was translated to the see of Adelaide, South Australia as its archbishop. During his time in Adelaide he was appointed to be an officer of the Order of Australia. [7]

From 1990 to 1999, he was Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia. He was widely appreciated for his "masterly presidential style" [8] and as a preacher. He supported the ordination of women to the priesthood.

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  1. Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN   978-0-646-55807-3.
  2. Who's Who 2007 London: AC Black, 2006 ISBN   978-0-7136-7527-6
  3. Overview of Rayner’s career
  4. Rayner, Keith (1962). "The History of the Church of England in Queensland: A Thesis Submitted to The University of Queensland for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy" (PDF). Anglican Archives.
  5. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN   0-19-200008-X
  6. Anglican Archives Archived 10 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. The Times , 16 June 1977, p. 10, "Court Circular".
  8. Appreciation of leadership
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
John Grindrod
Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia
Succeeded by
Peter Carnley