Duncan Dormor

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Born (1967-02-27) February 27, 1967 (age 57)
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford

Duncan James Dormor (born 27 February 1967) is a priest in the Church of England. Since January 2018, he has been the General Secretary of the United Society Partners in the Gospel, the Anglican mission agency founded in 1701.[1] He was Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge from 2002 to 2017.[2]

Early life and career

Dormor studied Human Sciences (BA) at Magdalen College, Oxford graduating in 1988 before studying for a Master of Science in Medical Demography at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Following this, he worked as an Information and Press Officer for the charity One Plus One Marriage and Partnership Research.

Ordained ministry

Dormor trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon studying for Theology (BA) at Magdalen College, Oxford and was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1995 and as a priest in 1996. He served as a curate at St Peter’s Collegiate Church in the Parish of Central Wolverhampton within the Diocese of Lichfield from 1995 to 1998.

St John’s College, Cambridge

Dormor served as Chaplain of St John’s College Cambridge from 1998 to 2002, when he was appointed Dean of Chapel. He served 15 years as Dean and was succeeded by the Revd Canon Mark Oakley in 2018. From 2011 to 2015, Dormor served as the elected President of the College. Dormor taught anthropology and sociology of religion in the Faculty of Divinity and represented Cambridge University on the General Synod of the Church of England. He was a Trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust from 2013 to 2019.

Together with Andrew Nethsingha, Dormor pioneered webcasting choral services. The Choir of St John's College held the UK’s first webcast choral service on 14 October 2008.[3]


In 2018, Dormor was appointed the General Secretary of USPG, succeeding Janette O’Neill who retired after serving six years in the role.[4] He was commissioned by the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury at a service at Lambeth Palace on 12 February 2019. He is a Trustee of the Anglican Communion Fund.



  • Dormor, Duncan; Macdonald, Jack and Caddick, Jeremy (eds). Anglicanism: The Answer to Modernity (2003). (2003). London: Continuum.
  • Dormor, Duncan. Just Cohabiting: The Church, Sex and Getting Married (2004) London: DLT. 9780232524840.
  • Dormor, Duncan; Morris, Jeremy (eds). An Acceptable Sacrifice? Homosexuality and the Church (2007). London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. International Standard
  • Dormor, Duncan; Harris, Alana (eds). Evanglii Gaudium, Pope Francis and the Renewal of the Church (2017). Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. ISBN 9780809153671.


  1. "USPG Directors". USPG.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Duncan Dormor | University of Cambridge - Academia.edu". cambridge.academia.edu. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  3. "Choir Launches Weekly Webcasts | StJohns". www.joh.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  4. 560380e528da4919b1817faa0c9a8656. "The Revd Duncan Dormor Appointed CEO at Anglican mission agency USPG — Faculty of Divinity". Retrieved 2020-09-24.

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