The Rt Rev David Chillingworth was ordained as Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane in St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth on 5 March, 2005.
Bishop David is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Scotland’s Thought for the Day. One of the Church’s ‘blogging bishops’ he writes a popular online journal Thinking Aloud, and believes that bishops should use today’s means of communication to carry the message of the Church.
Bishop David is married with three grown-up children. Born in Dublin in 1951, Bishop David grew up in Northern Ireland. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Oriel College, Oxford. His training for ministry was at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, in the Church of England. Ordained in Belfast in 1976, much of his working life has been spent at the heart of the Northern Ireland conflict. His work in parish ministry was consistently focused on the challenge of reconciliation and the problems of sectarianism. He also served as Church of Ireland Youth Officer from 1979 to 1983. Before moving to Scotland he was for 19 years Rector of Seagoe Parish Church in Portadown and Archdeacon of Dromore.
Since coming to the Diocese of St Andrews, Bishop David has worked with clergy and others to carry out a major review of the life of the diocese and its congregations. This has led to the Casting the Net initiative, which was launched in every church in the diocese on Pentecost Sunday, 31 May 2009. Casting the Net is a movement of mission and growth – it encourages clergy and congregations to reach out into the communities in which they live. In June 2009 he was elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and retired from this appointment in June 2017