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Abbey installs new Canon Theologian

Friday, 6th May 2011

Abbey installs new Canon Theologian

The Reverend Vernon White was installed as a Canon of Westminster at Evensong on Saturday 7th May 2011.

He is the Abbey’s new Canon Theologian and also becomes a Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King's College London.

Vernon White, who is 57 and was born in south-east London, spent a year working with Voluntary Service Overseas in West Africa, before studying English and Theology at Clare College, University of Cambridge.

He then studied at Oriel College, University of Oxford, and trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

He was ordained in 1977 to the post of tutor in doctrine and ethics at Wycliffe Hall. Following service as chaplain and lecturer at Exeter University, he became Rector of Wotton and Holmbury St Mary and Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Guildford.

He was then appointed Chancellor (Canon Theologian) of Lincoln Cathedral, and was a Special Lecturer in Theology at Nottingham University.

He has been Principal of the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme at Salisbury since 2001, and since 2006 Honorary Canon Theologian of Winchester Cathedral.

Canon White, who is married with a son at university, is the author of a number of theological books.

He succeeds the Reverend Dr Nicholas Sagovsky who left the Abbey in January.

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