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Keith Riglin

The Revd Dr Keith Riglin (2)

The Revd Canon Dr Keith Riglin AKC is an Anglican Priest, and Chaplain to the St Thomas’ and Waterloo campuses. 

Email Keith 

St Thomas': Telephone 84041 (from within King's) or 020 7848 4041 (from outside)

Waterloo: Telephone 84343 (from within King's) or 020 7848 4343 (from outside)


Keith has been a Chaplain at King's College London since 2012 and (having served as Assistant Dean, 2017-20) is the Vice Dean of the College. He has served in university chaplaincies in Bath and Cambridge, as a Minister in Amersham, and as a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He came to King’s (after a two-month locum in the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles) from serving in a Notting Hill parish and community development project. 

Keith read education and religious studies through the Institute of Education, London, and theology at Oxford; undertook postgraduate studies at Heythrop College, London; and doctoral research, in ecclesiology, at the University of Birmingham. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a senior member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, a research associate at Wesley House, Cambridge, and a member of the Ethics & Professional Standards Committee of the Foundation for Psychotherapy & Counselling. He is Chair of the All Saints Educational Trust, and Chair of the Council and Governing Body of Regent’s Park College, Oxford. In March 2020 he was installed as an honorary Canon of St John’s Cathedral, Oban, in the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. 

He is particularly interested in ecclesiology and sacramental theology, and in the application of theology and religious belief to public thought and practice.

Keith has two daughters, both graduates of UCL, and lives with his wife Canon Jennifer Smith (a Methodist presbyter and superintendent minister of Wesley’s Chapel, London). He enjoys cinema and contemporary dance, and is a passionate fan of the music of the sadly missed (“the quiet Beatle”) George Harrison. He remains a fan of Doctor Who since watching the first ever episode in 1963, at the age of 5, and fascinated by the whole concept of things and ideas being "bigger on the inside" (the TARDIS) - a metaphor for a universe pregnant with meaning. 

Keith serves as a Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of London, and as assistant priest at St Anne's Church, Soho, to which all members of College are welcome. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 11.00 at the church at 55 Dean Street. 

Keith is also a visiting lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. 

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