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Rt Revd Dr Michael Beasley Bishop of Hertford

Rt Revd Dr Michael Beasley, Bishop of HertfordBishop Michael Beasley was born in 1968 and educated Staffordshire. He studied at Imperial College London and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. He then undertook post-graduate study at Oriel College, Oxford, completing his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1996. After completing his doctorate, he studied theology at St John's College, Durham and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1998. He then trained for the priesthood at Cranmer Hall, the theological college attached to St John's College.

Bishop Michael was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1999 and as a priest in 2000. Following his service as an assistant curate at St Nicholas Church, Newport, in the Diocese of Lichfield, he became chaplain of Westcott House, Cambridge, an Anglican theological college. Remaining at Westcott House, he was a tutor in mission and the college's vice-principal. His positions at Westcott House were part-time and he combined these with work at Imperial College London. There, he worked as Director of the Partnership for Child Development in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. One of his projects was a 2008 film titled Courage and Hope: African Teachers Living Positively With HIV which tried to address the stigma of HIV/AIDS in Africa. In 2010, Bishop Michael was appointed Director of Mission for the Diocese of Oxford. In this position he worked throughout the diocese with churches across the spectrum of Anglican churchmanship. In 2014, he was appointed an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
On 14 May 2015, he was consecrated as a bishop by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, during a service at Westminster Abbey. He took up the appointment as Bishop of Hertford on 16 May 2015 during a service at St Albans Cathedral.
Bishop Michael is married with two children and has a love of gardening and bees. His wife Elizabeth is a deputy head teacher.

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