Bishop of Reading, The Rt. Revd. Andrew Proud
The Rt. Revd. Andrew Proud has been Bishop of Reading since April 2011.
Before that, he was Area Bishop for Horn of Africa for four years, covering Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somaliland and Somalia. He and his wife lived and served in Ethiopia from 2002. He spent the first five years of his time there as the chaplain (resident priest) at St. Matthew’s, an international church in the centre of Addis Ababa. As well as overseeing rapidly growing churches on Ethiopia’s border with South Sudan, he worked with refugees in Addis Ababa and focussed on development work, particularly libraries for school students.
Bishop Andrew was ordained in 1980 and has served in village, suburban and council estate parishes. He is married to Janice, a plant physiologist, and they have two grown-up children. His interests include Africa and African affairs, music, walking, vast open spaces and dabbling in writing narrative poetry.