Monthly Talk 2nd May 2019


SPEAKER: Jeremy Key Pugh

Have you ever wondered where your vicar came from? Who appointed him/her?
Why is there such a thing as a Patron? Is it a person or an institution?
How has the system of the appointment of parish priests in the Church of England developed over the centuries? Has it kept up to date?
How much of the process would Jane Austen or Anthony Trollope recognise?
What about the power of the bishop of the diocese?
What are the rights of those on the receiving end of the Vicar’s ministry?

These are some of the questions that Jeremy will try to answer.


Jeremy Key-Pugh is a Lay Reader (episcopally authorised lay minister) and churchwarden emeritus at Bath Abbey. He is also Lay Dean of Bath Deanery, one of the 19 deaneries in the diocese of Bath & Wells. He has been part of the selection process in the appointment of one bishop, two archdeacons, three rectors of Bath Abbey, and four rural deans of Bath.

He was a Bishops’ Adviser for over 15 years (appraising at national level candidates for ordination) and is currently an Examining Chaplain to the bishops of Bath & Wells and Taunton, doing a similar appraisal job in this diocese at an earlier stage in the process to discern candidates’ suitability for ordination.