By the time he was twenty, he had decided he wanted to be ordained as a minister into the Church of England. After graduating from London College of Divinity (ALCD) and King's College London (BD. Hons) he served as a curate in Islington, London. During this time he went on to research the early origins of Christian ministry and earned both M.Th and Ph.D Degrees. He then taught at two Colleges before becoming a parish priest at St.Nicholas' Durham.
The Rt Revd & Rt Hon. The Lord Carey of Clifton (created life peer 2002)