The Bishop of Reading is the Rt Revd Andrew Proud.

He holds a degree in Theology from Kings College London and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He trained as a priest at Lincoln Theological College and was ordained in 1980.

He served his curacy in Stansted Mountfitchet (Chelmsford Diocese, 1980-1983). He was Team Vicar of Borehamwood (St Albans Diocese, 1983-1990); Curate of Bishop’s Hatfield (St Albans Diocese, 1990-1992); Rector of East Barnet (St Albans Diocese, 1992-2001); Chaplain of St Matthew’s, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2002-2007) and Area Bishop of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa from 2007-2011.

He has a particular interest in development issues and chairs the diocesan council for Partnership in World Mission.

He is married to Janice, a plant physiologist, and has two grown-up children and three granddaughters.

Bishop Andrew is interested in Africa and African affairs. He likes to write narrative poetry; he enjoys a wide taste in music, walking in vast open spaces and cooking for family and friends.

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