The Very Reverend David Monteith
Chaplain to High Sheriff of Leicestershire
David Monteith was installed as Dean of Leicester in May 2013. He led on the Cathedral’s work to reorder the building and reinter King Richard III in March 2015 successfully raising 2.5 million to complete the project. He is responsible for the development of the cathedral’s work, witness and outreach, building a vibrant team of staff and volunteers. As the Senior Priest in the Diocese he works with the Bishop of Leicester to serve the city and county.
David hails originally from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. His first degree from Durham University was in zoology, which was followed by postgraduate study in theology at St John’s Nottingham. David’s ministry has been largely city-based, having served the Church of England in the dioceses of Birmingham (where he was ordained), London and Southwark. As Associate Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields he was heavily involved in the multi-million pound refurbishment of the church and the support of the congregation as they went through a time of enormous change. In the Diocese of Southwark, David was a Team Rector of a large team ministry in South Wimbledon where the church grew in number and impact, and as Area Dean of Merton he served the church in one of London’s most diverse areas. He previously held the position of Canon Chancellor of Leicester Cathedral, heading up the Cathedral’s pastoral and educational work.
In addition to his duties as Dean of Leicester, David is Chair of Trustees for the St Philip’s Centre, an ecumenical Christian centre fostering study and engagement in a multi-faith context. He is also a keen gardener and lover of contemporary poetry and the visual arts. David is in a Civil Partnership with David Hamilton who leads the Bereavement Support work at Rainbows Hospice, Loughborough.