The Rt Revd Dr Kenneth Stevenson was the eighth Bishop of Portsmouth. He had been bishop since 1995 and has retired with effect from September 2009. He died in January 2011. For details of his funeral and tributes to his life and work, click here.
Born near Edinburgh, Dr Stevenson is part-Scottish and part-Danish, and was involved in strengthening the relations between the Anglican Churches of the British Isles and the Lutheran Churches of the Nordic and Baltic countries. He was married to Sarah and they had four children. His hobbies were music, walking his Border terrier, historical biographies, and Denmark. He was a Knight Commander of the Kingdom of Denmark's Order of the Dannebrog.
He became bishop after spells as a parish priest in Lincolnshire and Guildford and as a university chaplain in Manchester. He was an author and a scholar, with a particular specialism in history and liturgy, and was a visiting Professor at Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA in 1983. He collaborated with the Bishop in Europe, Geoffrey Rowell, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, in editing Love's Redeeming Work, an anthology of Anglican spirituality and theology which has become a best-seller. His latest books were Rooted in Detachment: Living the Transfiguration (2007), and an Advent book entitled Watching and Waiting (2007).
As one of the 26 most senior bishops in the Church of England, he sat in the House of Lords. He spent much of his time as bishop visiting parishes within the diocese, encouraging them to engage with and challenge the communities in which they live.
His experience of being diagnosed with leukaemia and his subsequent treatment has had a profound effect on his faith and work.