The Rev. Richard Bewes, with his wife Pam, became a member of Christ Church at the beginning of 2014. Born in Kenya as the son of CMS missionaries, the family came to England when Richard was thirteen. He attended Marlborough School and then studied at Emmanuel College Cambridge, before studying for ordination at Ridley Hall Theological College.
Having served as a Curate at Christ Church Beckenham, he married, and then went on to lead churches in Harold Wood and Northwood before becoming Rector of All Souls, Langham Place, following previous rectors, John Stott and Michael Baughen. His ministry in London’s West End lasted for 22 years before he stepped down at the close of 2004. He was awarded the OBE by the Queen in March 2005.
His on-going preaching takes him to many parts of the world, including Africa, Europe, North America and Australia. He has written over 20 books including The Top 100 Questions, Beginning the Christian Life, Talking about Prayer, Speaking in Public - Effectively, Wesley Country and, more recently, The Goodnight Book and Equipped to Serve. His publishers are Christian Focus.
He is involved with a number of Christian organizations, including African Enterprise, Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. With his colleague, Dr Paul Blackham, he hosts the on-screen programmes Open Home Open Bible and Book by Book that go out on television stations and – through DVDs - serve home groups worldwide, with over a million viewers daily. He also co-ordinates The Sermon website that features some 250 messages of 15-minutes each, from a host of international preachers.
Bereaved of his wife in 2006, Richard was later to marry Pam Wright – who also had known bereavement - in July 2012. Together they share ten grandchildren.