Graham Cray
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Graham Cray

Graham Cray
Archbishops' Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions
ChurchChurch of England
In office2009-2014
Other postsBishop of Maidstone
Principal, Ridley Hall
Ordination1971 (deacon); 1972 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1947-04-21) 21 April 1947 (age 72)
ParentsAlan & Doris
SpouseJacqueline Webster (m. 1973)
ChildrenOne daughter
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

Graham Alan Cray (born 21 April 1947) is a retired British Anglican bishop. He was the Bishop of Maidstone in the Diocese of Canterbury from 2001 to 2009, and was the Archbishops' Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions from 2009 to 2014.[1]

Early life and education

Cray grew up without his mother Doris, who killed herself when he was 8 years old. Cray was educated (gaining a Bachelor of Arts), at Leeds University[2] and St John's College, Nottingham.

Ordained ministry

He began his ministry as a curate at St Mark's Church, Gillingham.[3] Cray later spent 14 years at St Michael-le-Belfry in York (at first working with, and later succeeding, David Watson[4] before becoming Principal of Ridley Hall theological college in Cambridge.[5]

Cray was consecrated a bishop in 2001. He served as the Bishop of Maidstone, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Canterbury, between 2001 and 2009.[6] In 2009, he was appointed to lead the Archbishops' (of Canterbury and of York) Fresh Expressions team.[7] He retired from full-time ministry in 2014.[6]

He is the Chairman of Soul Survivor.


  1. ^ Crockford's On-line Accessed 8 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Cray, Graham Alan", Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 9 July 2012
  3. ^ Church website
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-31. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, Debrett's, 2008 ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  6. ^ a b 'CRAY, Rt Rev. Graham Alan', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 26 July 2017
  7. ^ Daily Telegraph, p. 30, 17 November 2008.

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