Ian Black (priest)

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Ian Christopher Black (born 1962)[1] is a British Anglican priest who has served as Dean of Newport since 2021.

He was born and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon and was head chorister at Holy Trinity Church (Shakespeare's Church).[2] Educated at Kineton High School and Binswood Hall (North Leamington School), he went on to study at Christ Church College, Canterbury, then affiliated to the University of Kent. After a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue and a firm of Chartered Accountants, he trained for ordination at Lincoln Theological College, studying for a Master of Divinity Degree at the University of Nottingham.[1] Black was ordained deacon in Canterbury Cathedral in 1993 and priest in 1994.[1][3]

He served his title at All Saints Church, Maidstone (1993–96). After this he was Priest in charge of Brents and Davington with Oare and Luddenham (1996–2002), during which time he was also a minor canon of Canterbury Cathedral and assistant director of Post Ordination Training.[4] He moved north to become Vicar of St Mary's Church, Whitkirk (2002–12) and Capitular Canon Ripon Cathedral (2008–12). After that he was Vicar of St John the Baptist Church, Peterborough (2012–21) and a Residentiary Canon of Peterborough Cathedral (2012–21), serving also as Rural Dean of Peterborough for five years.[5] He was appointed as Dean of Newport[1] [6] and installed on 22 May 2021.[7]

Ian Black is a spiritual writer and director. Publications include three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His most recent book, ‘Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus’, was published by Sacristy Press in 2017 and he has written a hymn based on this – Christ the Saviour.[8]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c d "Ian Christopher Black". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  2. ^ "About". Ian Black. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  3. ^ "New Dean of Newport". Church in Wales. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  4. ^ "New Dean for diocese". Monmouth. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Revd Canon Ian Black to become next Dean of Newport in Wales – Peterborough Cathedral". www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Church Times: Appointments, 19 February 2021". Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  7. ^ https://monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk/en/news-and-events/new-dean-installed-newport-cathedral/
  8. ^ "New Dean for diocese". Monmouth. Retrieved 15 March 2021.

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