Bishop David was born in Scotland to Scottish and Burmese parents, he spent much of his younger life in Canada.
He was educated at McMaster University and Trinity College of the University of Toronto, and was ordained in the diocese of Niagara where he served as a curate then parish priest, developing strong interests in church growth, ecumenical lay formation and ministry among refugees and migrants.
David is passionate about international mission and development and served for 10 years as the Mission Co-ordinator for Latin America, providing practical programmes of evangelism, training, and youth ministry, as well as supporting mission partners in the field, developing policy and working on a range of international justice and advocacy issues.
In 1996 he moved to London to become Director of Ecumenical Affairs and Studies of the Anglican Consultative Council, responsible for the official dialogues and relations with Baptist, Lutheran, Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, as well the doctrinal commissions of the Anglican Communion. He has been a consultant to the WCC Faith and Order Commission and to the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Continuation Committee of the movement to establish a Global Christian Forum.
David speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian. He enjoys music, travel and film.
David has been married to Colleen, a medical researcher, for 28 years. They have two sons, Jonathan and Michael. He was consecrated bishop on 17 October 2002.
Bishop David is the lead bishop for pastoral oversight of the archdeaconries of Gibraltar, Germany and Northern Europe and Italy & Malta. Throughout the diocese he has responsibility for ministry and vocation matters, including the oversight of the work of the Director of Ordinands and the Director of Ministerial Development, title curacies and reader ministry as Warden of Readers. He also oversees the work of locum clergy and issues the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate (PtO). He also has ecumenical responsibility in the diocese for relations with the Porvoo Lutheran Churches, the Old Catholic Churches, the churches of the Meissen and Reuilly Agreements, and relations with the French, Spanish and Portuguese (RC) Episcopal Conferences.
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