Press release

Suffragan See of Woolwich

Dr Michael Geoffrey Ipgrave becomes Suffragan See of Woolwich.

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The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Dr Michael Geoffrey Ipgrave, MA, PhD, Archdeacon of Southwark and Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral  to the Suffragan See of Woolwich, in the Diocese of Southwark, in succession to the Right Reverend Christopher Thomas James Chessun, MA, on his translation to the See of Southwark on the 17 January 2011.  

Notes for editors

The Venerable Michael Ipgrave (53) studied mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford and trained for the ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford.  He was ordained Deacon in 1982 and Priest in 1983. 

He has been Archdeacon of Southwark since 2004. He was also appointed Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral in 2010 and is Chair of the Southwark and London Housing Association and Anglican Borough Dean of Southwark.  Prior to this he had been the Inter Faith Relations Adviser to the Archbishops’ Council and Secretary of the Churches’ Commission on Inter faith Relations. 

He was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2011 for services to inter faith relations in London.  

Michael Ipgrave has written extensively on inter faith issues and questions of religion and human rights. He has edited six volumes on Christian-Muslim relations, is the author of Trinity and Inter Faith Dialogue (Peter Lang, 2003), and has contributed about thirty journal articles and book chapters.

Michael Ipgrave is married to Julia who works at Warwick University as an academic researcher in education. They have three grown up children. He has an interest in all things Japanese, and he and Julia enjoy walking and travel together.

Published 3 February 2012