Bishop Keith Riglin RIP (1957-2023)

September 24, 2023

It is with great sadness that the College of Bishops today announces the death of the Right Reverend Dr Keith Riglin, Bishop of Argyll & The Isles.

Bishop Keith died peacefully with family at his side today (24 September) at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley following a short illness.

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus, said: “Bishop Keith first came to the Scottish Episcopal Church in 2012 as part of a long journey through ordained ministry across the UK. He brought many gifts to the Church, primarily the joy he took in his ministry as well as his love of engaging everyone he met in conversation, which brought him close to so many of us. Today we grieve for our Brother in Christ, and we ask for your prayers for Bishop Keith’s wife, Jen and for his family and loved ones, as well as the congregations, clergy, leaders and staff of the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles.”

Ordained in 1983, Bishop Keith Riglin worked in university chaplaincies in Bath and Cambridge, as a Minister in Amersham, and as a lecturer at the United Theological College of the West Indies. After 25 years serving Baptist and Reformed charges, he received Holy Orders in the Church of England in 2008, serving his title in a Notting Hill parish and community development project. Prior to his appointment as Chaplain to King’s College London in 2012, he served briefly in the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles, where he held Permission to Officiate since 2012. In March 2020 he was installed as an honorary Canon of St John’s Cathedral, Oban, and following election in December 2020 he was consecrated Bishop of Argyll & The Isles on May 1, 2021.

Creator of Heaven and Earth,
through all our days you fashion us
and by your grace we grow.
We thank you for all that was
accomplished in your servant Keith.
As in life he glorified your name,
so beyond death may he serve you still.
May he rest in peace
and rise in Glory. Amen.