Richard Burridge (priest)

Richard Alan Burridge (born 11 June 1955) is a Church of England priest, biblical scholar and a former Dean of King's College London.

Richard Burridge
Dean of King's College London
ChurchChurch of England
In office1994 to 2019
PredecessorReginald Askew
SuccessorEllen Clark-King
Other post(s)Canon Theologian, Salisbury Cathedral (2013–present)
Ordination1985 (deacon)
1986 (priest)
Personal details
Richard Alan Burridge

(1955-06-11) 11 June 1955 (age 67)
Susan Morgan
(m. 1979; div. 2009)

Megan Warner
(m. 2014)
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford

Early life and educationEdit

Burridge was born on 11 June 1955 to Alan Burridge and Iris Joyce Burridge (née Coates).[1] Burridge played guitar in the band Exousia in the 1970s,[2] and continues to record as a solo artist.[3] He was educated at University College, Oxford where he received an MA and the University of Nottingham where he read for a PhD.[4] His doctoral thesis on the genre of the gospels was published in 1992 as What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography. It played a part in establishing that the Gospels were read as biographies in the first centuries after Christ, and that they belonged to a recognised literary genre of biographies rather than being unprecedented writings which reflected the faith and life of the post-Easter church.[5]


Early careerEdit

Burridge's early career was as a school teacher. From 1978 to 1982, he was a schoolmaster teaching classics and a house tutor at Sevenoaks School, an independent school in Sevenoaks, Kent.[1]

Ordained ministryEdit

Burridge trained for the Anglican priesthood at St John's College, Nottingham. He was ordained deacon in 1985 and priest in 1986 and was curate at St Peter and St Paul, Bromley, Kent (1985–1987).[4]

Academic careerEdit

Burridge was Dean of King's College London 1994–2019, and he was elected as a Fellow of King's College (FKC) in 2002.[6] From 2007 to 2012, he was Director of New Testament Studies, and in 2008 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation. He was a member of the Church of England's General Synod, and chaired their validation panel for ordination training and theological education (1996–2004); he is currently serving as a representative of the Church Commissioners and as deputy chair on the Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group. He was a trustee of Cumberland Lodge between 1998 and 2008.

Role at King's College LondonEdit

The Dean of King's College London is an ordained person responsible for overseeing the spiritual development and welfare of all students and staff as well as fostering vocations among the worshipping community.

When King's was founded in 1829 it was with the express purpose of ensuring that its students received an education that took seriously the religious dimension to life. Throughout the history of King's its deans have been key people in ensuring this continues. The college motto, sancte et sapienter ("with holiness and with wisdom"), reflects both the college's Anglican foundation and its continuing commitment to religious life and theological education.

The modern-day King's includes members from a wide array of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. Today the dean is responsible for the university's provision for its diverse religious community.[7] Richard Burridge retired as Dean of King's College London in 2019.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1979, Burridge married Susan Morgan; they divorced in 2009.[1] Together they had two daughters.[1] In 2014, he married Megan Warner.[1]

Selected publicationsEdit


  • Burridge, Richard A. (1992). What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography. Society for New Testament Studies - Monograph series. Vol. 70. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780521412292. OCLC 23901330. - revision of his doctoral thesis.
  • ——— (1994). Four Gospels, One Jesus?: a symbolic reading. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802808769. OCLC 933917569.
  • ——— (1998). John. The People's Bible Commentary. Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship. ISBN 9781841010298. OCLC 875023073.
  • ——— (2000). Faith Odyssey: A Journey Through Life. Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship. ISBN 9780802809742. OCLC 52738284.
  • ——— (2000). Faith Odyssey: A Journey Through Lent. Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship. ISBN 9781841011899. OCLC 54047839.
  • ———; Gould, Graham (2004). Jesus Now and Then. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802809773. OCLC 54024131.
  • ——— (2007). Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802844583. OCLC 799877369.

Articles and chaptersEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "BURRIDGE, Rev. Prof. Richard Alan". Who's Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Frightened heroes, Richard Burridge, Semitone Studios on YouTube
  3. ^ The first cut is the deepest, Richard Burridge, Semitone Studios on YouTube
  4. ^ a b "Rev Canon Professor Richard Burridge". Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  5. ^ Graham Stanton in the Foreword to the 2nd ed of What are the Gospels? Eerdmans (2004)
  6. ^ "Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the College" (PDF). July 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Why King's has a Dean". King's College London. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  8. ^ Byrne, Edward (26 February 2019). "The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of King's College London, to retire". King's College London. Retrieved 7 July 2020.

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