The Most Rev’d Dr. Richard Arthur Palmer, PhD, MA, BA, BEd.

“The Episcopal Free Church”

(Old name: The Free Protestant Episcopal Church- FPEC)

      b. d.
02 Nov 1897 30 Dec 1900 Leon Chechemian, DD, LL.D 1848 1920
30 Dec 1900 02 Feb 1917 Charles Isaac Stevens, DD, LL.D 1835 1917
02 Feb 1917 29 Oct 1919 James Martin, DD, LL.D 1848 1919
29 Oct 1919 16 Oct 1928 Andrew Charles Albert McLaglen, DD, LL.D 1851 1928
16 Oct 1928 18 May 1939 Herbert James Monzani Heard, DD, LL.D 1866 1947
18 May 1939 09 Oct 1959 William Hall, DD, LL.D 1890 1959
09 Oct 1959 17 Oct 1978 Charles Dennis Boltwood, DD, DSL, LL.D    Emeritus : 30 Apr 1982 – 07 July 1982 1889 1985
17 Oct 1978 30 Apr 1982 Albert John Fuge, Sr, PhD, LL.D 1911 1982
07 July 1982 07 Nov 1989 Charles Kennedy Stewart Moffatt, ThD, DD, LL.D 1907 1989
07 Nov 1989 05 Feb 2015 Edwin Duane Follick, DC, DTh, PhD                Emeritus : 04 Feb 2015 1935  
05 Feb 2015   Richard Arthur Palmer, PhD, MA, BA, B.Ed 1946  



Date of birth : 29th January 1946 (29.01.46). Made deacon in 1974, priested in 1975, consecrated in London in 1997. Educated at The House of the Sacred Mission Mission, Kelham, Nottinghamshire, King Alfred’s College, Winchester, Universities of Southampton and Winchester. Taught and lectured in Hampshire, England. Chaplain in the Royal British Legion, President in St.John Ambulance, Member of the Royal Overseas League in London, Conducted worship in the Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, The United Reformed Church. A member of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education in Hampshire, UK.

Bishop Richard Palmer’s spiritual formation began in The Salvation Army. He gave his life to Christ as a boy of seven at a Junior Corps Meeting, and has never been the same since! He ran a Youth Centre for the S.A. and participated fully in their work. Although baptised as a child in the Church of England any involvement in Anglicanism only began after Confirmation. His call to the priesthood followed as a student at the House of the Sacred Mission (Kelham Theological College). Only after an interest in mystical spirituality did he embrace Old Catholicism in the guise of The Liberal Catholic Church. He joined former Anglican priests in a resolve to embrace a greater sense of authenticity in sacramentalism. His ministry spanned many decades culminating in his episcopal Consecration in 1997. He furthered co-founded a number of Christian organisations including The Open Episcopal Church and The Society for Independent Christian Ministry, being passionate about the need for complete inclusivity in Christian service. He discovered that The Anglican Free Communion epitomises all that is wholesome in a free, inclusive and sacramental understanding of what it is to be part of the universal church of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.




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