Bob Jeffery

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Robert Martin Colquhoun Jeffery AKC FRSA, commonly known as Bob Jeffery[1] (30 April 1935 – 21 December 2016), was an Anglican priest.[2]

Jeffery was educated at St Paul's School, London, trained for the priesthood at King's College London and ordained in 1960.[3] His first posts were curacies at St Aidan's, Grangetown[4] and St Mary, Barnes.[5] After this he was the assistant secretary of the Missionary and Ecumenical Council of the Church Assembly then secretary of the Department of Mission and Unity for the British Council of Churches.[4] From 1971 to 1978 he was vicar of St Andrew's Headington[6] then Lichfield diocesan missioner, where he was also Priest-in-Charge of St Bartholomew's, Tong. He was appointed as the Archdeacon of Salop,[7] in 1980 and seven years later became the Dean of Worcester. In 1996 he became Sub-Dean of Christ Church, a post he held until his retirement in 2002. In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by the University of Birmingham, and in 2007 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

He married Ruth Tinling in 1968 and had four children, Graham (b. 1969), Hilary (b. 1971), Philippa (b. 1973) and Charles (b.1975).

He died on 21 December 2016 at the age of 81.[8] Following a funeral service at Christ Church, Oxford on 16 January 2017, he was buried in the churchyard of St Bartholomew's, Tong, Shropshire on 17 January 2017. A collection of his writings compiled by his children, entitled The Kingdom of God is like a Yoghurt Plant,[9] was published in June 2017.


  1. ^ "obituaries: Robert Martin Colquhoun Jeffery". Church Times (#8025). 6 January 2017. p. 28. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  2. ^ "National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives". Retrieved 25 November 2017. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Jeffery, Robert Martin Colquhoun. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 10 January 2017. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ The Daily Telegraph Obituaries 'The Very Reverend Robert Jeffery: Sub-Dean of Christ Church Cathedral who was a stimulating preacher and hard working pastor": p31, issue no 50,296 dated Saturday 4 February 2017
  6. ^ "Vicars of the three older Headington parishes". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ Manuscripts (MSS 3121–3385), Lambeth Palace Library, The National Archives, UK.
  8. ^ "Robert JEFFERY's Obituary on The Times". The Times. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  9. ^ "The Kingdom of God is like a Yoghurt Plant – Jeffery Archive". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Sidney Denham Austerberry
Archdeacon of Salop
Succeeded by
Peter Marshall
Preceded by
Tom Baker
Dean of Worcester
Succeeded by
George Frost

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