SAINTS & PILGRIMS
IN THE DIOCESE OF ST ALBANS
A devotional year book written by the
Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, Lord Bishop of St Albans
The Rt Revd Dr Alan Gregory Clayton Smith
Alan Gregory Clayton Smith (born 14 February 1957) is the tenth Bishop of St Albans. He studied at the universities of Birmingham and Bangor and trained for the priesthood at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
After ordination in 1981 in Bradford Cathedral he began his career as assistant curate at St Lawrence and St Paul Pudsey. In 1984 he took up the post as Chaplain of the Lee Abbey Community, near Lynton in North Devon. In 1989 he was appointed as the Diocesan Missioner and Executive Secretary of the Board for Mission and Unity in the Diocese of Lichfield and team vicar in the Walsall Team Ministry. In 1997 he became the Archdeacon of Stoke-
His election as Bishop of St Albans by the College of Canons of the Cathedral took place on 13 February 2009, and the Confirmation of Election with the Archbishop of Canterbury followed on 31 March. His inauguration took place on 19 September 2009. In 2010 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of Birmingham.
He has contributed chapters to Changing Rural Life (2004) and Celebrating Community: God's Gift for Today's World (2006). He has written Growing up in Multi-
Among his hobbies are theatre, gardening, walking and skiing.