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The Former Dean

About the former Dean - The Revd Canon Professor Richard A. Burridge

RAB HeadshotThe Revd Canon Professor Richard A. Burridge was Dean of King’s College London from 1993 to 2019. He was appointed Director of New Testament Studies in 2007, and received a personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation in 2008.

Before coming to King's, he was Lazenby Chaplain at the University of Exeter, where he also taught New Testament and Ethics. He was originally a classicist and schoolmaster before being ordained in 1985. 

Professor Burridge served as a member of the Church of England's General Synod representing the University of London (1994-2015) and chaired their Validation Panel for ordination training and theological education (1996-2004); he served on the Ethical Investment Advisory Group  as a representative of the Church Commisioners from 2008 to 2013 and was also Deputy Chair from 2010 to 2015.  He has been a Trustee of the Christian Evidence Society since 1994, and was Chair from 2001 to 2017. 

The Former Dean is Sarum Canon Theologian at Salisbury Cathedral. He also takes study days regularly for clergy and lay people across England. He writes widely and publishes for both academic audiences and a wider readership. He has acted as a writer and Consultant to the Millennium Dome at Greenwich and for the National Gallery, London and appears regularly on national TV and radio.

Professor Burridge was awarded the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology and is the first non-Catholic to receive this prestigious award. His book, Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics (2007), was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsay prize 2009.

He enjoys skiing, music and golf (he is Chaplain to his local golf club!).


Longest serving Dean at King's!

On Thursday July 21 2016, after 8,026 days of service, the Revd Canon Prof Richard A. Burridge, became the longest serving Dean of King's College London, passing the record of the previous longest serving Dean, the Very Revd Sydney Evans. He was elected Dean in July 1993, and started full-time at King's on 1 August 1994.

The below photo was taken some 8,000+ days before the date on which Professor Burridge became the longest serving Dean of King's and shows him (left) with the Rt Revd David Hope (centre), then Bishop of London, and Prof Arthur Lucas (right), then Principal of King's at the Dean's Licensing in front of the portraits of the two post-war great Deans, Eric Abbott (Dean, 1945-55)(above right) - and, Sydney Evans who served 8,025 days in 1955-1977 (above left).

The Dean says, "Thanks be to God for all his grace and mercy to me over these years - and for even more grace and mercy to all those who have had to put up with me! "

Congratulations to the Dean - Internal news article 

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Monty Python’s Life of Brian and the Dean

Life of Brian 2On Monday 30 December 2013, the Dean spoke on BBC Radio 4's the Today Programme about the controversy sparked in 1979 by Monty Python's Life of Brian.  The Today Programme featured a conversation with John Cleese and Michael Palin as they prepare for the Pythons reunion later that year.

The Dean also gave a paper at a conference held in June 2014 organised by King's College London Department of Theology and Religious Studies entitled Jesus and Brian - or: what have the Pythons done for us?

You can catch up on the debates here:

More recently, a book on the conference, Jesus and Brian, launched in September 2015. You can purchase the book on Amazon or from Bloomsbury.

Life of Brian

The Dean is awarded the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Francis

RAB and PopeThe Dean was awarded the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Francis and is the first non-Catholic to receive this prestigious award. 

The Dean received the Ratzinger Prize from Pope Francis at the end of a Conference about Ratzinger’s books on Jesus held in Rome in October 2013. 

You can read the King's College press release.

You can also read an article on this significant achievement written by The Very Revd Ian S. Markham (Dean and President, Virginia Theological Seminary)

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