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Bishop Alan Leighton




Born in 1937 Alan GC Leighton was trained by The Pilkington Group as a Structural Insulation Engineer working in their Technical Department in London. He joined Machin and Kingsley as their Sales manager when he was 21 rising to National Sales Manager. He became an Associate Member of the Institute of Domestic Heating & Environment Engineers in 1968 and Member of the Institute of Marketing in 1971.

He founded the Friends of the Holy Sepulchre Church in the City and was for a time an honorary Verger of Westminster Abbey. He became a Freeman of the City of London in 1968. In 1973 he became Sales Director of BMS Plastics (Southern) Ltd. During this time he became an ordinand in the Church of England and studied at the Southwark Ordination Course. He has a BD and Cert PS at Kings College London University. Alan was Ordained a Deacon in 1976 and a Priest in 1977. He was a curate in Hastings for 3 years and after three years as Vicar of Christ Church, Eston he became Rector of Eston with Normanby until September 2002 when he retired at 65. He obtained his DD in 1994.

Happily married in 1965 to Merle, and they have two daughters Claire and Rachael. Merle and Alan have five grand-daughters, the oldest of whom was born in 1991.

During his ministry he was Chaplain to two local mayors and Chair of S.A.C.R.E Redcar and Vice Chair of Middlesbrough. At 67 he retired from being Chairman of Teesside Teen Challenge, Teesside Evangelical Alliance, and Chair of Gillbrook Technology College.

He still is a member of the General Council of the Evangelical Alliance and a director of The King's Academy, Coulby Newham. He writes the daily Schools' Resource Sheet Assembly! After 3 years of research Alan was awarded the D.Letters from St. Alcuin's House which is linked with the Oxford Educational Movement. He completed a 77,000 word thesis on Spiritual Warfare and a smaller one on The Life and Times of Leon Morris. He received his doctorate from the College's Principal on the 11th of June 2006 in Los Angeles where he was consecrated as Bishop of the Independent and old Catholic Church whom he advises in matters of theology.

He obtained his PhD on The Theology of the New Testament Church on the 25th day of June 2007. For the last four years he was a part-time Chaplain at James Cook University Hospital, part of which he was Acting Lead Chaplain retiring in March 2007.

Author of the books:

  • Spiritual Warfare, Chapter and Verse. (Centurion Press)
  • Difficult Questions Answered.(Centurion Press)
  • Science and Scripture (Published by Middlesbrough BC)
  • Counselling, Hands on.(Centurion Press)
  • Wretched man that I am (Centurion Press)
  • The Gospel in Plain English
  • Training Course One and Two for the Chaplaincy of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA


Hobbies include the study of Napoleonic uniforms and weapons. Cathedral and Church Architecture and travel. Writing theological books.

With the slow theological decline of the Church of England Alan has become Regional Dean of St Augustine's College and was consecrated a Bishop on Trinity Sunday 2006 by Arch Bishop John Parnell of the MNCC (Catholic Diocese of Guanajuata), Bishop Juan L. Baladad Philippine National Catholic Church and The Most Rev. Eric T. Ong Veloso, American National Catholic Church and Orthodox Church in the Philippines. The service took place at the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Los Angeles.

Alan is a Governor of James Cook University Hospital which is the largest acute hospital in Western Europe. The appointment lasts until 2015.

The thumbnails below show Alan in his study and Alan being consecrated. Click on either thumbnail to see the picture full size.

Alan Alan' Consecration




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