Lindsay Urwin travelled to the UK in 1976 to ‘see the world’ and stayed. He trained for the ministry at Cuddesdon, a theological college just outside Oxford and was ordained in 1980, working for three years in inner city south London, just a mile from Camberwell Green after which our own Camberwell was named.
After a further five years as a parish priest in the same district he was appointed Diocesan Missioner in the Chichester diocese with a roving brief to encourage evangelism and spiritual renewal in Sussex. It was a preaching ministry that took him to various parts of the world to preach and teach including several trips to Australia, and this continues to be a feature of his ministry.
In 1993 he was appointed Area Bishop of Horsham in the same diocese. At 37 years of age he was one of the youngest bishops in the Anglican Communion and the youngest to be ordained in England for over 60 years. He remained the youngest bishop for a further ten years.
In 2009 he resigned as Bishop of Horsham to become the spiritual leader at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, a place of pilgrimage originally founded in the eleventh century, and to which thousands of people journey each year.
He has a particular interest in ministry among young people, and in education. For ten years he chaired the Chichester Diocesan Board of Education responsible for over 150 schools, and was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Bishop for School Chaplains. He is the Southern Provost of the Woodard Corporation, a family of Anglican independent and state schools in the UK.
He is a professed Brother in the dispersed religious community the Oratory of the Good Shepherd.
His masters degree is from Heythrop, the Jesuit College in London, and in 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Nashotah House Seminary, Wisconsin, USA.