Bob Reiss (b1943)
CANON Robert Paul Reiss became Canon Treasurer and Almoner at Westminster Abbey in 2005 until retiring nine years later.
He was ordained a deacon in 1969 and a priest the following year.
The cricket-loving priest was curate St John’s Wood, London from1969-73, before going to Bangladdesh as assistant missioner at Rajshahi Mission, near Dacca.
He was Chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge 1973-78, and selection secretary for the Advisory Council for the Church’s Ministry 1978-85.
He became Vicar of St Wulfram’s Church Grantham in 1986 and left 10 years later to take the post of Archdeacon of Surrey where he remained until his present post.
While at Grantham he was elected a member of the General Synod and remained on it while archdeacon, so he had almost fifteen years on the Synod.
While at the Abbey he has completed a PhD in ecclesiastical history, which is due to be published as The Testing of Vocation: a Twentieth Century History.
He retired in the summer of 2014.