Editor: Reverend Doctor Christopher Herbert
Christopher Herbert was born in Lydney, in the Forest of Dean; he was educated at Monmouth School and read for his B.A in Biblical Studies and Philosophy at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
In 1967, after attending Wells Theological College and obtaining a PGCE at the University of Bristol, he was ordained and served as Curate at St Paul's, Tupsley, Hereford. During this period he taught Religious Education at the Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School and later became RE Adviser (1971-6) and Diocesan Director of Education (1976-81). He was made a Prebendary of Hereford Cathedral in 1977.
In 1981 he became Vicar of The Bourne, near Farnham, in Surrey. In addition, he was appointed as Director of Post-Ordination Training in the diocese of Guildford and was made a Canon of the Cathedral, becoming Archdeacon of Dorking in 1990.
He entered the House of Lords in December 1999 and established himself as a speaker in the areas of health and medical ethics. He left the House of Lords in 2009 on his retirement, having served on a Select Committee investigating Assisted Dying and having also been a member of a Pre-legislative Scrutiny Committee looking at issues surrounding human fertilisation and embryonic research.
His other major interest is in Art History. The thesis for his M.Phil. awarded by the University of Leicester in 2002, was on 15th century Images of the Resurrection. He extended his research and was awarded a Ph.D. by Leicester University in 2008 for his ground-breaking work on medieval English Easter Sepulchres.
He has an honorary D.Litt. from the University of Hertfordshire and an honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Bedfordshire, and is also an Honorary Citizen of Fano in Italy.
He is a NADFAS lecturer, and lectures across the UK and northern Europe, and has also been a Non-exec Director and Trustee of the Abbeyfield Society since 2009.