Rt. Revd. Dr. Brian Castle, Bishop of Tonbridge
Rt. Revd. Dr. Brian Castle, Bishop of Tonbridge since 2002, is a husband, father and grandfather.
Born in London, he graduated from University College London with a degree in Classics.
After two years spent as a Social Worker in London and teaching in Lesotho, Southern Africa, he trained for the ministry at Cuddesdon College, Oxford, and at the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Geneva (where he met Jane, who was to become his wife). He graduated from Oxford University and was curate in Sutton and at Limpsfield, Surrey, before serving as a parish priest on the Copperbelt of Northern Zambia. From there he became a visiting lecturer at Bossey, the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches, in Geneva after which he was appointed Vicar of North Petherton with Northmoor Green in Somerset. During this time he completed a doctorate (from the University of Birmingham) on communicating Christian faith across and within cultures. Using hymns from Zambia and UK, he demonstrated how these ‘Christian folk songs’ express the faith of the people in the pew.
Before moving to the Diocese of Rochester, Brian was Vice Principal at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford, and a member of the Theology Faculty of Oxford University. He has taught and lectured in South Africa, South Korea, the USA and Estonia.
Bishop Brian Castle co-chairs the Mission Theology Advisory Group which helps and encourages churches in the relationship between Gospel and Culture. He is also a member of the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission. He is Archbishops' Advisor in alternative spirtualities and new religious movements. He is also visiting scholar at Sarum College, Salisbury.
His hobbies are photography, fly fishing and cross country skiing.