Richard Giles grew up in Birmingham and gained degrees in town planning and theology at Newcastle University. After training at Cuddesdon, he served as a priest in the Midlands and the North of England before becoming parish development officer and canon theologian for the Diocese of Wakefield, working with parishes to rethink and redesign their buildings as part of mission strategy.
His particular expertise in the design of liturgical space bore fruit in the publication of Re-Pitching the Tent, now in its third edition, Creating Uncommon Worship (2004) and Times and Seasons (2008). Other titles include Mark my Word, daily meditations on Marks’ Gospel, How to be an Anglican (2003), a light-hearted introduction to Anglican belief and practice, Here I Am (2006), reflections on the ordained life, and At Heaven’s Gate (2010), reflections on leading worship, and Walk in this Light (2013), reflections on the baptismal life, all from Canterbury Press.
From 1999 to 2008 he was Dean of Philadelphia Cathedral in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, USA, where he oversaw the radical renovation of the cathedral to become a place of transformative worship. In 2008 he became a Visiting Fellow of St John’s College, Durham. He now lives in Tynemouth.