Brian Castle enjoys living on beautiful Exmoor, Somerset, with his wife Jane. He is currently an Honorary Assistant Bishop in Bath and Wells diocese and an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University. Before moving to Exmoor, he has held a number of posts in the UK, including Bishop of Tonbridge, Vice Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, Vicar of North Petherton and Moorland, Somerset, as well as posts outside the UK, including parish priest on the Copperbelt of Northern Zambia and visiting lecturer at the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Institute at Bossey.
Before ordination, he taught in Lesotho, Southern Africa and was a Social Worker in the London Borough of Lambeth. His ministry has involved working closely with the Church in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Estonia and he has established partnership relationships between institutions in the UK and overseas.
He believes passionately that the Church and academy in the West have an enormous amount to learn from sisters and brothers in other parts of the world.
Brian has a degree in Classics from University College London, a degree in theology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham which was supervised by the inspirational Professor of Mission, Walter Hollenweger. He has taught and lectured in various places including South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Estonia and the USA and he has written five books – for details see under ‘publications’.
His hobbies are photography, fly fishing and cycling around Exmoor.